Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES have released a new album, Screen Violence, 27.08. via Glassnote.
Screen Violence includes “He Said She Said,” a new song CHVRCHES shared in April that was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared a video for the song that featured a metaphorical revolving door. When the album was announced in early June they shared another new song from it, “How Not to Drown,” which features Robert Smith of The Cure. Then they shared a video for “How Not to Drown.” “How Not to Drown” was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared a remix of “How Not to Drown” by Robert Smith. That was followed by the album’s third single, “Good Girls.” Then “Good Girls” got the music video treatment. After that, CHVRCHES traded remixes with John Carpenter and performed “Good Girls” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Screen Violence is the band’s fourth album and the follow-up to 2018’s Love Is Dead. Screen Violence was actually an early name for the band.
The album was recorded remotely during the pandemic, with Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty in Los Angeles and Iain Cook in Glasgow. The band self-produced the album.
“I think for me it was helpful to go into the process with the idea that I could write something escapist almost,” Mayberry said of the album in a previous press release. “That felt freeing initially, to have concepts and stories to weave your own feelings and experiences through but in the end, all the lyrics were definitely still personal.”
Doherty added: “To me, the screen aspect was a bit more literal. 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.”
The press release also described the album as such: “Narrating the theme of screen violence in three main forms—on screen, by screens and through screens—the album touches on feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, fear, heartbreak and regret.”