The Best Singles of 2013, #12

band01CHVRCHES, “Gun”

The third single in advance of CHVRCHES’ hugely hyped debut album was the one that showed that the Glasgow trio was indeed for real. The richest song they’d ever released at that point added more complexity to their rather straightforward blend of piercing Knife-style minimalist electro and lively pop hooks, and the end result was a song that crept up on you, shifting from sweet, shuffling verses, to a more insistent bridge, to a full-on burst of pulsating, dance beat-driven pop. Throw in some surprisingly bitter lyrics by the otherwise honey-voiced Lauren Mayberry, and you’ve got a song that I couldn’t get out of my head all year.