There's nothing to dislike about Chvrches. Seriously.
My introduction to this Scottish synthpop trio was singer Lauren Mayberry's incredible Nerdist podcast interview, which included a live version of "The Mother We Share," a single from Chvrches' debut album "The Bones of What You Believe."
As a deeply collaborative band, Mayberry's vocals pair perfectly with Iain Cook and Martin Doherty's synthesisers (and Doherty's sophomore album track "High Enough to Carry You Over" is easily one of my favorite Chvrches songs). Outside of her work with Chvrches, Lauren Mayberry's feminism is refreshing and powerful. She wrote a moving Lenny Letter about abusive relationships, and her Guardian article about online misogyny (which references Kathleen Hanna, one of my feminist heroes) is a must read for any woman. This is also a band that has created a community with their Fan Clvb and an incredible project where anyone who drops off a letter at a live show will receive a handwritten letter back from the band. After just two albums, Chvrches has already grown into one of my all-time favorite bands.
When I started my Vinyl Quilts project, a series of LP sized mini quilts, I wanted to make sure that my varied music tastes were represented. Chvrches' artwork from "The Bones of What You Believe" was an obvious choice for the series. "Bones" is an album I could listen to literally any time, any day. It's a desert island album.
The album artwork lends itself perfectly to a quilt. I used my Cricut (and help from my husband) to cut the shapes for a raw edge applique design. The circle quilting mimics the album graphic, and it was the first time I've done circle quilting before.
Did I mention that the second Chvrches album, "Every Open Eye," is also a desert island album? It's almost Galentine's Day, the best day of the year, so treat yo self to a dance party!
Next up, I turn one of the most iconic album covers in music history into a quilt....stay tuned!