The return of Chvrches

About five years ago, I reviewed (Favourably) the debut EP from a band called Blue Sky Archives. It’s impressive to see just how far singer Lauren Mayberry has come. (And of course Iain Cook was in Aereogramme, the cruelly underrated Scots band of the 200s). Following on from a host of excellent singles and a great debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band are due to release their justifiably anticipated album Every Open Eye on September 25.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1.Never Ending Circles
2.Leave A Trace
3.Keep You On My Side
4.Make Them Gold
5.Clearest Blue
6.High Enough To Carry You Over
7.Empty Threat
8.Down Side Of Me
9.Playing Dead
10.Bury It

The lyric video for ‘Leave A Trace’ can be seen below:

E.P. review – Blue Sky Archives


Blue Sky Archives -‘Blue Sky Archives EP’ (self-released)

Glasgow five-piece Blue Sky Archives describe themselves as making post-rock pop music with a heart. This is actually a fairly accurate description, there’s a scope to them but an edge that means epic and anthemic wouldn’t do their sound justice.

Comprising Ross Rankin (drums), Lauren Mayberry (vocals, synth, percussion), Matt Phelan (Vocals, guitar), Pete Flett (bass0 and Paul Mark McGreath (vocals, guitar), this is an impressive debut. Of the three songs on here, ‘Crash Your Face, ‘ ‘Sleeves Rolled Up, the Team Rolls Up!’ and ‘the Highest Of fives’ I think it’s actually the latter that’s far and away my favourite. It’s the one that suggests just how much promise they have and where they might be going.

Post-rock pop doesn’t have to be an oxymoron; these guys and gal show that there’s blue sky thinking going on here, and very impressive it is, too.


You can stream the EP at myspace, and you can also hear it and buy it from their bandcamp page