Not To Disappear by Daughter on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s tremendous poise to Elena Tonra’s astonishing vocals. Whatever rumbling atmospheric walls her Franco-Swiss band build, the Londoner holds her steely nerve. It’s a mesmeric blueprint that the three-piece perfect on this second album. Single “Doing the Right Thing” is the marker for their ambitions: tremulous guitars and mournful organ gather like storm clouds over Tonra’s intense account of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s struggle. This intoxicating slow-burn envelops the album, particularly on the giddy “How” and glorious “Mother.” Elsewhere, “No Care” is a tightly-coiled dance beast, while “To Belong”’s tumultuous finale gives the album its euphoric release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s tremendous poise to Elena Tonra’s astonishing vocals. Whatever rumbling atmospheric walls her Franco-Swiss band build, the Londoner holds her steely nerve. It’s a mesmeric blueprint that the three-piece perfect on this second album. Single “Doing the Right Thing” is the marker for their ambitions: tremulous guitars and mournful organ gather like storm clouds over Tonra’s intense account of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s struggle. This intoxicating slow-burn envelops the album, particularly on the giddy “How” and glorious “Mother.” Elsewhere, “No Care” is a tightly-coiled dance beast, while “To Belong”’s tumultuous finale gives the album its euphoric release.

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About Daughter

Incorporating moody folk and hushed electronics in ways that recall Cat Power as well as the xx, Daughter began as the solo project of singer/guitarist Elena Tonra. Tonra was performing on her own when she met guitarist Igor Haefeli, who joined Daughter along with drummer Remi Aguilella to complete the band's lineup. The trio self-released a demo as well as their 2011 debut EP His Young Heart, which led to Mumford & Sons' label Communion releasing their second EP, the more polished and eclectic The Wild Youth, later that year. Early in 2012, Daughter signed with 4AD, which released the single Smother that October. The band's debut album, If You Leave, arrived in April 2013. After an extensive tour in support of the debut, Daughter reentered the studio to begin recording their second album, Not to Disappear. The record was primarily self-recorded, after which they took it to Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War on Drugs, Animal Collective), who produced the final mixes at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was released in early 2016. For their next project, Daughter composed a score to the video game Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. The track "Burn It Down" was released as the score's first single in August 2017. ~ Heather Phares

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