Chvrches feat. Robert Smith – How Not To Drown

I had been wanting to feature Chvrches here for a long time now but I was waiting for the right opportunity. They they have just released the second single off their forthcoming fourth album, Screen Violence, and I really liked it, so I decided to take the plunge. I’m a big fan of Chvrches’ first two albums but not so much of the third one, Love Is Dead: it was not a bad album but it wasn’t at the same level as the other two. I thought that He Said She Said, the lead single for Screen Violence, could have been in their previous album but this new song, which features the legendary Robert Smith from The Cure, is something else completely. In a sense, it sounds exactly as you would expect from combining the two bands’ styles, while, at the same time, it’s kind of surprising to see how great that hybrid sounds.

How Not To Drown is a song about coping with everything that’s going on in your life and how sometimes you might feel like you just want to go away. If features Chvrches’ electronic soundscapes they got us used to, and, as usual, great vocals from lead singer Lauren Mayberry, one of the coolest and more down-to-earth music artists out there today. Having Robert Smith as well is just the cherry on top. Check this great song out below and start your weekend with a bang.

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2 Replies to “Chvrches feat. Robert Smith – How Not To Drown”

  1. I realize I’m an outlier, but I’ve never been much of a fan of CHVRCHES, as I just don’t care for Lauren Mayberry’s voice. (I feel the same about the immensely popular Paramore). That said, I really like this song. I’m a huge fan of The Cure and Robert Smith, and the music and arrangement on “How Not to Drown” are fantastic. Lauren’s vocals sound better to me here as well.

    1. I do like Lauren’s voice but I can see where you’re coming from. It’s not a potent voice and when she tries to be louder, it could be too high-pitched sometimes. Hayley Williams has a decent voice but Paramore’s music style (particularly early days) didn’t help her. Funnily enough, she has a song with Chvrches (Bury It, which I don’t like that much). I was never a big fan of Paramore but I do like some of their songs.

      I’m also biased with regards to Chvrches. I’ve seen them live and I really enjoyed the overall vibe of their show. Leave A Trace is one of my favorite songs of the decade.

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