The Best Tracks of 2018, #13


13. CHVRCHES & Wednesday Campanella, “Out of My Head”

CHVRCHES made a strong 2018 even better by putting out a surprise single this past summer, in the form of a quirky little collaboration with Japanese electropop band Wednesday Campanella. Combining CHVRCHES’ trademark sound with a distinct J-pop influence makes the band’s music pop more effervescently than ever before, as singer KOM_I belts out playful verses in Japanese (at one point mentioning David Bowie) and Lauren Mayberry sings the track’s simple but extremely catchy hook in the chorus. It’s great to hear a band like CHVRCHES branch out more, and show how effortlessly they incorporate outside influences.