Slight of stature and pale and wispy, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry has the quality of a mystical pixie. Her ethereal vocals amplify the effect as did the sparkly blue and silver glitter paint ringing her eyes at Chvrches late afternoon ACL Fest set. As the Scottish trio kicked off with "We Sink," one of the most danceable hits in their catalog, a crowd that seemed to include every teenage girl at the fest (many wearing flower crowns) crushed toward the front of the Honda stage.
Loaded with shimmery synths and pulsating drums the band was truly entrancing on songs like the hit "Recover" one of the best electropop singles of last year. They didn’t spend a whole lot of time on banter, but they did pause to note, to the delight of the audience, that this ACL set was their biggest Texas gig ever. Mayberry also gazed across the sea of people pointing out remarkable signs, including a pair of cardboard cutouts of male members. "What made you get up this morning and think to do that?" she said, laughing.
At the high points in a mostly excellent set the music had a hypnotic effect on the crowd. With the opening chords to "The Mother We Share," the band’s biggest hit, the audience went wild. Hands in the air, singing along with aplomb, thousands of people pulsed together to the sounds of a band that carries with it a sense of magic made real.