Taylor Swift’s 1989 is one of the most critically and commercially successful records of recent years. Chvrches sophomore offering of synthpop bangers, Every Open Eye, connects on similar sonic wavelengths, so it’s no surprise many (including Billboard) have made the connection. In an interview with NME, Chvrches responded to such comparisons.
“I think [Swift’s 2014 album] 1989 is a great pop record, one of the best things to come out of that particular trend of music,” frontwoman Lauren Mayberry said. She then acknowledged that while one could say it was influenced by Chvrches’ 2013 LP The Bones of What You Believe, her band was influenced by countless prior artists, too. “It would be stupid for us to say, ‘We were doing that a few years before.’ For everyone who says there are certain songs on the radio right now that sound like us, there are a lot of other people who’ll say, ‘Yeah, but they just sound like Depeche Mode…’”
Check out the video for Chvrches’ new song, “Leave a Trace”:
Multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty weighed in on Chvrches being compared to a particular 1989 track, “Out of the Woods.” He called it an “amazing compliment” but admitted, “It wasn’t until everyone else started saying it that I noticed it sounded like us.” For the record, Taylor co-wrote “Woods” with Jack Antonoff of Bleachers.
Watch her perform it live here:
Every Open Eye drops today (Sept. 25) via Glassnote.