Chvrches, The Dome, Tufnell Park, review: As uncompromisingly original as they are inspiringly vivacious

The enchanting Glaswegian three-piece feel right at home back on stage

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Soft and charismatic, Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry provides instant likeability to a unique sound of electro indie-pop.

On the first night of their tour in support of new album Every Open Eye, the enchanting Glaswegian three-piece feel right at home back on stage after taking time off to write the new record; a period of time Mayberry informs was mainly “eating chips and sitting on the sofa”.

Perhaps it’s this on-stage comfortability that gives Chvrches such an enjoyable ease, reflected by a smooth setlist of satisfyingly content songs new and old.

Backed either side by the warmly enthusiastic Martin Doherty and multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook, Mayberry’s quietly excited natural stage presence gives an exuberantly welcoming feel to a sold out crowd.

“We Sink” is an incredibly glowing tune, met with the same joy as tracks from the new – as yet unreleased – album. While “The Mother We Share” is a fitting ending, incomparably radiating and perfectly glimmering with soul.

Chvrches, as a live band, are as uncompromisingly original as they are inspiringly vivacious. Intrinsic and calming, the trio take a usually brittle art form and turn it into something approachably mellow, charming and more than anything – magnetic.

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