Review by: Jason Beardsley
Scottish trio Chvrches are on the verge of releasing their third album Love Is Dead, following 2015’s critically acclaimed Every Open Eye. To keep building the hype up to one of the most anticipated releases of 2018, Chvrches have just released their new Melancholic infused track ‘My Enemy‘.
The track features The National’s Matt Berninger, collaborating with the singer for the first time after crossing paths many times over the years. “We’ve all been huge fans of The National for a long time,” says frontwoman Lauren Mayberry.“We had played a few festivals together but really got to know Matt when we were involved in 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood, a fundraising and awareness campaign that he spearheaded. It’s really inspiring and reassuring to meet other artists you admire and realise that they are trying to do some good in the world. We kept in touch after that and when it came time to record ‘My Enemy’, Iain and Martin suggested I email Matt to see if he’d like to sing on it. We never realistically thought he’d have time to do it but he replied right away and recorded the track at his house the next day.”
My Enemy carries the signature Synth-Pop sound that Chvrches have built their foundations on, however not in the usual up-tempo pulse. There is a melancholic twist infused with this track. I feel a touch of sadness with this track but with a feeling that we could be so much more. The song is tinged with frustration, frustration summed up lyrically during the second verse, as the band make reference to some of the controversial politics in the world and, ultimately, the death of love as we know it, ‘I have no more time to hear who you think we should blame.’
With the first two singles now seeing the light of day, Chvrches lyrically and musically may have found a way to pour some light back into the world. They could be our remedy.