Chvrches released the first single from their upcoming record, Love Is Dead, a month ago and they’re now following it up with a new track feat. The National’s Matt Berninger called “My Enemy.” As a huge fan of The National, I was of course excited about this pairing but also incredibly intrigued. Since 2010’s High Violet Matt’s music has been very sombre and delicate and whether this would mix well with Chvrches’s bouncy synth-pop was my biggest question. Unfortunately, “My Enemy” doesn’t try to mix the two well at all and instead plays it incredibly safe. The melody isn’t the least bit interesting and the vocals sound awfully flat. Chvrches’s have proven over and again that they can write memorable hooks but even after repeated listens I can barely recall this one (as opposed to the immediacy of “Get Out.”) It’s definitely put a damper on the upcoming record and I’m now uncertain that it’ll reach the same heights Every Open Eye did.