Listen: Chvrches deliver a beautifully haunting  cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’
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Chvrches have shared a brand new cover of “Stay,” the 2013 chart-topping piano ballad from Rihanna alongside Mikky Ekko. The Scottish synth-pop band’s interpretation of the song was shared earlier this week as part of their Spotify Singles EP, a two-track digital-only release which was recorded at Spotify’s New York offices recently, and can be played in full on the popular streaming platform as heard below.

Chvrches aren’t necessarily known for their stripped down ballads, as singer Lauren Mayberry is can usually be heard belting out those piercing vocals of hers over a high level of synth and beat-driven decibels. For their Rihanna cover however, the band turns everything down to an intimate level in order to meet the song at its emotional core to deliver a version of the song that’s almost as beautifully haunting as the original itself. While the original features mostly just a piano and vocals, Chvrches’ version opens with the subtle finger picking of an acoustic guitar before Mayberry’s warming and surprisingly gentle vocals come in starting at the :17 second mark. Also unlike Rihanna’s version, Mayberry doesn’t share the vocals with anyone else in the band to make for a duet, but rather proves that she can handle the singing duties herself while Iain Cook and Martin Doherty handle the guitar and piano lines.

The band also included a stripped down version of “Get Out” on the Spotify Singles record. The previously released track is the lead single of their latest studio effort, 2018’s Love Is Dead. Fans can also watch Chvrches perform a cover of Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" from back in 2015 in the video above as well. 

The band will be in Camden, New Jersey this weekend to perform at Radio 104.5's 11th Birthday Show event, then head overseas to perform in Europe, U.K., Australia and Asia before coming back to North America in August. The U.S. and Canadian leg of their 2018 world tour starts on Aug. 2 with their appearance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza. They’ll continue playing across North America throughout the fall months before the run comes to a close on Oct. 20  in Boston. Tickets for select shows on the tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.