CHVRCHES to release surprise EP on Friday

CHVRCHES released their third studio album earlier this year, but now it looks like the trio wasn’t quite done. On Tuesday (Nov. 13), the Scottish band announced plans to release a surprise EP at the end of the week. Titled Hansa Session, the digital version of the collection is due out this Friday, Nov. 16.

The surprise release will include five new versions of songs from their recently released record, Love is Dead.

In addition to the newly redone songs, the band also announced plans to release Hansa Session on a limited edition, 10-inch vinyl on Dec. 9. Pre-orders are available here.

The collection of tunes was recorded at Berlin’s famed Hansa studio. CHVRCHES join a lengthy list of  legendary musicians who have recorded at the studio including Depeche Mode, U2, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie who completed his trilogy of albums there.

“When we had the opportunity to record at Hansa we jumped at it even though we were in the middle of a hectic tour,” guitarist Iain Cook said in a press statement.

He continues: “It is such hallowed ground for me — my heroes Bowie, Depeche, Iggy, Siouxsie, Tangerine Dream, Nick Cave amongst others made arguably their best work in that building — and we hoped that when we went there, we would capture even just a tiny bit of that energy.”

“It was really fun to try to reinterpret the songs and still communicate the messages and emotions with different arrangements,” frontwoman Lauren Mayberry said about re-imagining the previously released songs.

The complete song list for the upcoming EP can be seen below.

HANSA SESSION EP TRACK LISTING:
1. “Graffiti”
2. “Miracle”
3. “Get Out”
4. “Heaven/Hell”
5. “Really Gone”

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