CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry recently hinted at what to expect from the band’s planned fourth album, due for release in spring 2021.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mayberry commented that the upcoming album has “definitely got the CHVRCHES DNA,” but also contained tracks that couldn’t “slot into any of the first three records.”
“You want it to be like your band, but you want it to be enough of an evolution that it’s not the same thing over and over again,” she said, adding: “But how do you do that? Especially with modern day pop music where there’s a pressure to take your sound and put it through the filter of what is popular. I think you can tell that it’s us—it’s not screamo or anything like that.”
Regarding the album’s musical influences, the singer said: “We sat inside and listened to music that we really loved all year, like Depeche Mode, the Cure and Brian Eno. I wanted the music that was the most comforting to me and that era of tunes was very formative for our band.”
Moreover, for Mayberry, the album also proved an exercise in vulnerability: “With the album, it was actually quite helpful to sit in a room with no one else there and actually write down some of the stuff that you’re most terrified of.”
Speaking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the album’s creation, Mayberry explained that while working remotely required the group to be “communicating at the highest level of efficiency and openness,” it was also freeing to be removed from “expectations and pressure” as well as “the bullshit of the music industry.”
“As a result, I think this is the most excited that anybody in the band has been about an album since the first record,” she said.
The forthcoming album will follow 2018’s Love is Dead and will be their latest release since dropping a new rendition of their track “Forever” in April. Last year, CHVRCHES also teamed up with Marshmello on “Here With Me,” which later received an emotional video treatment.
While waiting for the new album, revisit Love is Dead below: