In a way, CHVRCHES have never really gone away.
Heavy touring commitments, a knack for canny covers in showcases that count and some incredible think pieces have kept the band's profile floating up to the heavens.
New album 'Every Open Eye' ends the wait for actual, proper new material, though, and arrives on September 25th.
Annie Mac gave lead cut 'Leave A Trace' its first spin on Radio 1 a few moments ago, and it's a glorious, glistening piece of synth pop as only CHVRCHES can manage. Sugar coated but entirely urgent, the production seems to benefit from maturity, to make the most of experience. And Lauren's vocals are, as ever, heavenly.
It's CHVRCHES, then, only more so. Check it out now.