Chvrches: Blending ’80s synth, ’90s alternative, and ’00s indietronica

Somehow I stumbled across this Scottish synth band. They’ve been around for a while with two albums to show, and the lead singer’s voice reminds me of the mezzo-alto funkiness of The Cranberries’s lead. Most comparisons, however, are made to Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Eurthymics, Passion Pit, and M83. In other words, if there’s a place in your heart for ’80s synth-pop, ’90s alternative rock, and the indietronic bands of recent decades, you’ll probably like Chvrches. Here are a few of my favorites.

Gun (Live). 2013. Probably my favorite Chvrches song, and a nice live performance here.

Lungs (Original Studio). 2013. Mayberry’s vocals are gorgeous in this one.

Never Ending Circles (Original Studio). 2015. Iconic bolts of frenetic synths.

Clearest Blue (Live). 2015. The influence of Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” is clear.

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