The Mother we share Chvrches
Song Title: The Mother we share
Date of release: 22nd of October 2012
Description: ” The Mother we share ” is by Chvrches ( Pronounced Churches ), the Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, UK. The song was written and produced by Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty.
The single was released on the 22nd of October 2012 by record label National Anthem and taken as the first single from the group’s debut Album ” The bones of what you believe “.
On the 16th of September 2013 Virgin Records re-released the single exclusively in the United Kingdom, the song had been pulled from streaming services after they’d signed to Virgin. A new version was mixed by Rich Costey, who was formally head engineer at Philip Glass’s Looking Glass studio in New York.
The way the group have written the lyrics for ” The Mother we share ” is open to interpretation, some had suggested that lyrically the song was about incest. However in an interview Iain Cook explained how they wrote the lyrics ” A lot of people think, for obvious reasons, that the song is about a relationship between two siblings “.
He added that ” While we are happy for people to take their own meaning from our lyrics, this wasn’t necessarily the perspective we intended. A lot of our lyrics are quite impressionistic and open-ended. This is on purpose as we don’t like to be too obvious or prescriptive “.
The accompanying video, directed by Sing J Lee ( also known professionally as just SJ Lee ) was released on the 5th of August 2013. The video shows a lonely girl, played by actress and model Alexandra Chelaru, wandering through the street of New York city mixed with shots of Chvrches performing the track.
Sing J Lee wrote about the video for brainwashonline.co.uk, he explained what the video concept meant to him ” To me ‘ The Mother We Share ‘ is an elegy for a female character, perhaps an old God in a young body, perhaps Mother Nature, who had lost her sense of kinship with what she saw around her. Irrespective of the supernatural or fantastical elements, I think to some degree, that’s something we can all relate to in a way – that feeling of isolation or loneliness amongst the great yawn of the physical world and the ever-changing digital sprawl – our constant fight to leave a mark or be a part of it “.
Critics generally liked the song. Writing for the New york based music magazine The Fader, Duncan Cooper praised lead singer Lauren Mayberry for her vocals on the track, he made the comparison to of Megan James of Purity Ring.
Writing for the British daily newspaper The Guardian, Michael Cragg wrote a positive review for ” The Mother we share “. He noted the mood differences between the song and ” Lies “, a previous song by the group. Michael Cragg wrote that it “tempers the monster synth riffs in favour of twinkling keyboards, padded drum claps and a central lyric that lends the whole thing a slightly melancholic edge.”
” The Mother we share ” first charted in the UK on the 28th of September 2013 and peaked at number 38, the song stayed in the top forty for 2 weeks and a total of 3 weeks on the UK chart.
In the United States the song reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs, number 20 on the Billboard Rock Airplay Chart and 12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 38
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 9, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 13, Germany (Official German Charts) 63, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 6, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 35
Official Website: Chvrch.es
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/CHVRCHES
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Chvrches