Glee. Synth-pop trio CHVRCHES are back again. They continue the lead-in of their fourth studio album “Screen Violence” (out August 27th) with a third look at the forthcoming long-player. Following on from singles “He Said She Said” and “How Not To Drown“, it is a return to serving old school CHVRCHES vibes on “Good Girls“. Musically the track acts as a good reference point where the Glaswegian trio can gleefully throw back to their earlier glistening synth-poppy style. Thus, reminding us why we fell in synth-pop love with them in the first place.
The track is also considerably melodically brighter than the other two singles in this roll-out to “Screen Violence“. Because of its powerful, anthemic stature, we are also fed one of the band’s speciality rousing, group sing-along style choruses. So, nice to have this back. “Good girls don’t cry, and good girls don’t lie, and good girls justify, but I don’t. Good girls don’t die. And good girls stay alive, and good girls satisfy, but I won’t”.
Safe to say, the narrative carried around this track is a deep dive into highly emotive feelings. These emotions surface, as unapologetic, and vital lyrics on the misogynistic ideals inflicted upon women. Where frontwoman Lauren Mayberry discusses the present-day implications of loving certain problematic male artists.
“Women have to constantly justify their right to exist and negotiate for their own space. We’re told that bad things don’t happen to good girls. That if you curate yourself to fit the ideal – keep yourself small and safe and acceptable – you will be alright, and it’s just not fucking true.”
Not that they haven’t, always. It does seem that CHVRCHES are, really, opening up important conversations with aplomb on the fourth album. This is a good move for them and good for us also, as it gives us much to think about.
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