CHVRCHES have enlisted the legendary Robert Smith of The Cure for their new single, “How Not to Drown”.
The track is filled with dark synths and hard-hitting percussion, as both Smith and vocalist Lauren Mayberry deliver dramatic lyrics about being suffocated and fading from consciousness. “Tell me how / It’s better if I make no sound / I will never escape these doubts / I wasn’t dead when they found me, watch as they pull me down,” they sing together on the chorus.
The track is accompanied by a noir-flavored music video drenched in saturated colors. CHVRCHES perform the song in a mysterious setting, while Smith sings from a fuzzy CRT screen.
Alongside the new single, CHVRCHES have announced their fourth studio album Screen Violence for release on August 27. The record, which also features the previously released single “He Said She Said,” will be the Glaswegian trio’s follow-up to 2018’s Love is Dead.
In a press release, synth player Martin Doherty commented on the LP’s concept: “When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. What began as a concept was now a lifeline.”
Last December, Mayberry hinted at the direction of Screen Violence in an interview, even foreshadowing Smith’s involvement.
“We sat inside and listened to music that we really loved all year, like Depeche Mode, the Cure and Brian Eno,” she said of the album’s conception. “I wanted the music that was the most comforting to me and that era of tunes was very formative for our band.”
Watch the music video for “How Not to Drown” here: