In a music scene that’s laden with The Knife wannabes it’s incredibly refreshing to hear a band that takes the aesthetic popularized by the Swedish-duo and makes it their own. Hailing from Scotland, CHVRCHES emerged in late 2011 and slowly crept their way into our ears before exploding into our brains (and subsequently our music libraries) in September 2012 with this track. Their infectious electro-pop sound and Lauren Mayberry’s exquisitely youthful vocals make CHVRCHES a trio to not only watch, but follow.
I confess that I’m late in getting into this band. It’s only been four weeks since I heard this track, and I wish I could remember where I was but that memory escapes me. What’s important is that its stuck with me this whole time. There’s something in the melodic synths that give the track an air of etherealness, but Mayberry’s words and the layer upon layer of synths that grow as the track progresses heavies the sound. As it falls down to earth it latches on to something inside of you and holds on with all its might until you try to shake it off. You can’t get rid of it though, and perhaps that’s a good thing (hell, it’s a fabulous thing). The bittersweet lyrics work in concert with the production to create a lush and joyful soundscape akin to Ellie Goulding’s epic “Anything Can Happen.” It’s about hope; it’s about heartbreak; it’s about clarity. “The Mother We Share” is not simply a story of siblings, but a story of a relationship rooted in — for lack of a better word — life.
The mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling
The way is long but you can make it easy on me
And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling.”