Updated: Apr 25, 2021
Glaswegian trio CHVRCHES were one of the most exciting pop groups to emerge out of the 2010s, and they've now stamped their mark on the new decade with their fresh new single 'He Said She Said'. The single continues in the style of their previous album, 2018's Love Is Dead, which took their trademark blend of synthpop and electropop and filtered it with slightly more modernised and mainstream production. The trap-influenced percussion and EDM-style drop of 'He Said She Said' give it a strong mainstream appeal, but the core of the song is still unmistakably CHVRCHES. The hook is undoubtedly an earworm and the sweet vocals of Lauren Mayberry are on point as always.
There's a lot of weight behind what she's singing about too; the song expresses Mayberry's frustrations of dealing with gender inequality in both her personal and professional life. "I feel like I have spent a lot of my life performing the uncomfortable balancing act that is expected of women and it gets more confusing and exhausting the older I get,” she explains. “‘He Said She Said’ is my way of reckoning with things I’ve accepted that I know I shouldn’t have. Things I pretended weren’t damaging to me." "Being a woman is f**king exhausting and it felt better to scream it into a pop song than scream it into the void. After the past year, I think we can all relate to feeling like we're losing our minds.” Mayberry spent the period of the song's recording in Los Angeles with fellow bandmate Martin Doherty, while the remaining CHVRCHES member Iain Cook was back at home in Glasgow. Separated by both the Atlantic Ocean and a global pandemic, the band had to find a way to adapt to new methods of writing and recording. 'He Said She Said' proves that they dealt with this change just fine. It's not the only new song that they've been working on over the past year or so, with a bunch more material still to come. The band has previously hinted at a fourth album, and with 'He Said She Said' presumably the first single, it could be right around the corner.