After huge commercial success with their 2013 If You Leave, Daughter’s new release Not to Disappear is something that has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the trio.
The first thing to say is that this album does not disappoint. In a recent interview they said that the aim of the new album was to make the “loud songs louder and the soft, softer” and they have most definitely achieved that. The whole feel of the album is different, yet manages to retain Daughter’s trademark sound – probably due to Elena Tonra’s haunting vocals which once again dominate every track.
Daughter reportedly adapted many of their tracks for live shows, adding in digital and vocal effects to give a fantastic – highly rated – performance; and the use of these effects seems to have influenced this album a lot. It’s reminiscent of London Grammar in some of these tracks and their transition from indie-folk to indie-folk-electronic which is no bad thing.
Alone/With You is a prime example of this, retaining Tonra’s haunting tone and deep vocals but is backed by a pulsing bass. Similarly, Doing the Right Thing has guitar chords which are bound to be instantly recognisable, this is one of the stand out tracks in my opinion, it’s atmospheric and builds to a heavier chorus than you might have been used to on older tracks like Smother or Youth. No Care is without a doubt the standout track; the lyrics are the kind that make you feel as though this song could apply to you no matter what your situation. It’s definitely more upbeat, yet darker. The shortest track on the album but one of the best.
Overall, Not to Disappear could be huge in 2016. Daughter have kept everything that was brilliant about their sound and somehow have made it better. Some of these tracks have ‘festival’ written all over them which is reflective of how the addition of multi-layered vocals and digital enhancements have given a more polished, developed sound, maybe even one which gives the trio a wider appeal than they already had.