Lauren Mayberry descrives Leave A Trace as "the nastiest, snidest tune" she's ever recorded, an "anti-love song" about a lover who talks "far too much for someone so unkind."
"I know you'll never fold / But I believe nothing that I'm told / And I know I need to feel relief," sings the 27-year-old over a slick synth pattern. But she's not entirely unforgiving as she slams the door. "Take care to bury all that you can," sings Lauren in the chorus, "take care to leave a trace of a man".
Simultaneously more grand and more subtle than their previous material, it's still unmistakably Chvrches - thanks to the contrast between the sawtooth basslines and Lauren's featherlight vocals.
Leave A Trace is the first single from Cvrches' second album, Every Open Eye, which is due in September.
Speaking about the writing process on Annie Mac's show tonight, Lauren said: "I was quite conscious of not wanting to write a second album all about 'we were on the road, and we played shows' because that's not very interesting for anyone."