Song of the Week: “Leave a Trace” by CHVRCHES
Release Date: September 25
CHVRCHES rediscovers the addictive electronic vibe that sent them from Glasgow basements to Coachella stages in their latest release. Achieving success with their debut album “The Bones of What You Believe,” the trio emerged from their global tours with the same upbeat and intriguing sound. With the support of a strong beat and synthesizer, Lauren Mayberry’s captivating soprano enhances the lyrics with robust vocal melodies. CHVRCHES captures the catchy, dance feel of electro-pop and couples it with the profound eloquence of singer-songwriter lyrics. They caught the ears of millions with “The Mother We Share” and definitively renewed the spirit and energy of hipster dance parties with “Leave a Trace.”
Song of the Week: “Love Me” by The 1975
Release Date: October 8
The 1975 is coy. They’ve teased fans with false break-ups and unashamedly pretentious social media posts, just to abandon their black-and-white edge in favor of coquettish, blushing pink themes. Its latest single, “Love Me,” is the product of an ostentatiously hyped self-redefinition, an 80s throwback that shrewdly injects thoughtful social commentary into an all-out pop tribute to postmodernism. The jangly guitar motifs of past single “Girls” are the foundation for “Love Me,” which relies — a bit too heavily — on the pop kings of the past. But “Love Me” is frontman Matthew Healy voicing the qualms of Prince or Michael Jackson, grappling with the responsibility of becoming a pop icon both looked to and loved. In the song’s empowering final minute, Healy reflects, “Be the man who gets them up on their feet.” And certainly, as ringing synths and upbeat drums fade to a close, we’ve risen for a standing ovation.