Arriving after a year's worth of anticipation that included plenty of blogger appreciation, several EPs, and inclusion in the BBC's Sound of 2013 shortlist, Chvrches' debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, surpassed the significant hype surrounding it. Many of these songs already appeared on those buzz-building EPs, most notably "The Mother We Share," "Gun," and "Recover," all of which exemplify the Glasgow trio's way with frosty synths and poignant melodies. Taken as an album, though, they reveal a band not nearly as arty or aloof as seemingly like-minded contemporaries such as Grimes or Purity Ring; with their ready hooks and fondness for grand gestures, Chvrches are more likely to tour with Paramore than Factory Floor.
BEBORN BETON was a very productive band back in the 90’s. Within six or seven years they released five studio albums (plus best of, re-releases and remix albums) that gave the band a “cult” status. And suddenly after 1999’s ‘Fake’, they just disappeared. The band never split either but nothing came until the announcement, last year, of a new album. The band declared: “The best album we will probably ever make.” And it’s fair to say they largely succeeded in it. This album is clearly in the “De/Vision – Camouflage” zone: lot of mid tempo, dark and progressive songs, a massive production [the producer is no less than Olaf Wollschläger who worked with MESH and many more], with a sense of detail in every little sound or beat. A track like ‘Who Watches The Watchmen’ is a fair example of this “brotherhood” with the two other German Synth Pop giants.