CHVRCHES nails emotive, complex synth-pop on debut album

When early synth-pop bands Depeche Mode and the Human League first came on the scene, the genre was heavily criticized for its perceived lack of “true” musicianship.

Now we can hardly imagine popular music without the synthesizer, but some would say that the soulless, assembly-line pop foreseen in the 1980s has come to pass.

Glasgow indie-pop outfit Chvrches are but one in a recent lineage of young bands – including M83, Passion Pit and Purity Ring – trying to fight the synth-pop stereotype and recapture the same sense of joy as classic electronic pop.

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