- 14 Jun 18
The well-known face from Chvrhes on their politically-minded new album Love Is Dead, the Me Too movement and remaining optimistic in turbulent times
Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry is one of the most compelling stars in the contemporary pop landscape. Charismatic and boasting a sharp intelligence, she always holds forth on social, cultural and political subjects in a hugely engaging manner.
Chvrches’ latest LP, the provocatively titled Love Is Dead, boasts a notable cameo from The National’s frontman, Matt Berninger, who lends his powerful baritone to the track ‘My Enemy’. Layering his typically sombre crooning over down-tempo electronica, the tune utilises his voice in a very imaginative way.
“I’m glad you picked up on that,” says Mayberry, speaking down the line from New York during a break in rehearsals. “We all love The National so much, and Matt is such a storyteller in the way he uses his voice. Hearing him sing lyrics that we had written really blew our minds. We were really conscious of making it sound like a National-style vocal production as much as possible. We wanted it to keep it true to his vibe, then put that in a completely different environment and see what happened.”