Life got complicated. Then it doubled down. While any given passing year will have provided a person with broadened perspective, 2020 leveled up everyone’s self-reflection. ‘Can I grapple with shifting societal paradigms?’ Or, ‘Where do I stand now?’ For instance, a working mother minus reliable childcare, may have wondered whether schools’ virtual curriculum banished her from the labor force.
In CHRVCHES’ world, namely that of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, the pandemic afforded her the opportunity to take stock of how she’s been treated by men historically.
Isolated as a band between Glasgow and Los Angeles, CHRVCHES persevered through the creative process. Relying on audio-sharing software and video communication, they therapeutically channeled gobsmacking memories into a brand-new batch of electropop music.
Mayberry commented on how this track developed during the process.
The video contained metaphors crafted synergistically by CHVRCHES and director Scott Kiernan. The revolving door represented feeling trapped in an oppressive relationship. That the door was within the confines of a photo developing lab though, hinted at how the agitation concretely awoke Mayberry to this abuse she committed to escaping.
See below if you can spot all the symbols!