Miracle

Album: Love Is Dead (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • "Miracle" is the only Chvrches song from Love Is Dead that wasn't written and recorded in the States. Instead the band produced it in London with Steve Mac. It was a surprise collaboration for the Scottish synth trio as the British producer is best known for working with mainstream pop acts such as Westlife ("Flying Without Wings"), The Wanted ("Glad You Came") Clean Bandit ("Symphony") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape Of You"). However vocalist Lauren Mayberry said they enjoyed working with the hitmaker:

    "Steve is such an intuitive writer with such a killer ear for melody and working with him felt very easy and natural. He makes space for everyone in the room and really pushes people to try things and go outside of their comfort zone, in a good way."
  • The song was a late addition to Love Is Dead. Chvrches Martin Doherty told BBC Radio 1:

    "It's one of those moments where you think you're album's done, the pressure's off, you're like in a different headspace and then we took that session 'cause we, you know, Steve is actually a legend in British music and songwriting and production, and we ended up with this and people started getting really excited and its found its way onto the album and here we are."
  • The song's music video shows Lauren Mayberry getting caught up in a nasty confrontation between opposing groups of protesters. The clip was directed by Warren Fu, who previously shot Chvrches "Clearest Blue" visual in 2016.
  • "Miracle" plays during the fifth episode of the second season of the American comedy-drama The Bold Type.
  • The Love is Dead album has a loose concept running through it about faith and religion and belief or lack thereof, and Lauren Mayberry trying to figure out where she fits in things. This song is a distilled version of the themes across the whole record as the Chvrches frontwoman sings about trying to find hope and a sense of belonging. She told Genius:

    "I guess for me, that's about the idea that everybody wants to have a place where they belong, that they feel understood, or feel helps them understand things, but I don't necessarily know if people really find that."
  • Mayberry said that the use of the titular word is "a little tongue-in-cheek." She explained:

    "The line, 'I'm not asking for a miracle' is quite sarcastic, I think, because I suppose it's playing on that imagery of faith, but it's the idea that really you're not asking the Earth of these people. It's, 'Why is this so difficult for people to do, for people to grasp?'"
  • The song was used to launch BBC Scotland. Chvrches were joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a performance of "Miracle" to introduce the TV channel on February 24, 2019.

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