Chvrches, ‘Bones of What You Believe’


Aidin Vaziri | Chvrches may share a label with Mumford and Sons, but it’s a safe bet you’ll never catch them wearing shepherd vests or strumming banjos. The Scottish three-piece is a throwback to the heady synth-pop era, when acts such as Pet Shop Boys and recent touring partners Depeche Mode ruled the Earth. Chvrches’ secret weapon is singer Lauren Mayberry, whose sweet vocals not only soften the unforgiving electronic edges of the music but also give the band’s debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” a much-needed dose of humanity. There’s also no mistaking the 21st century ambition in the singles “The Mother We Share” and “Gun,” which brandish laser-guided melodies.