Chvrches Deliver A Pretty, Stripped-Back Cover Of Beyonce’s “XO”
Scottish trio Chvrches returned a couple of weeks ago with “Get Out,” the lead single from third LP Love Is Dead (due May 25). They are dutifully building hype with buzz tracks like “My Enemy” and a live set for iHeartRadio that featured a very special cover. “We have been talking about covering ‘XO’ by Beyonce for years,” Martin Doherty explained. “It’s one of those moments you don’t forget, the first time you hear a song and it speaks to you on that level. ‘XO’ is kind of a moment like that for all of us.”
“We were on tour, all of us losing our minds a bit at this Beyonce tune that had just come into the world. We tried it a few times, we tried it with big production and it always seemed somehow wrong or somehow inferior… I mean she’s obviously an untouchable vocalist.” That’s when frontwoman Lauren Mayberry steps in. “I’m aware I don’t sound like Beyonce, I can’t sing like Beyonce but it’s more an homage to Beyonce.” And an impressive one at that. They strip back the underrated 2013 single, transforming it into a beautiful ballad. Watch up top.