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De-stress with Daughter

8.6

Indie-folk band Daughter’s second album “Not to Disappear” immerses listeners in a state of relaxation with its chill and mellow beats.

“New Ways,” the album’s first song, instantly surges with powerful instrumentals and establishes a bold starting statement. As solo vocalist Elena Tonra sings in a soft voice about escaping her lonely world, listeners experience her isolation vicariously in a relaxing space best enjoyed alone. Simple and straightforward lyrics combined with continuously flowing instrumentals create an airy, hollow tone that echoes the pain of loneliness.

The second track in the album, “Numbers,” initially sounds similar to “New Ways,” but it quickly picks up the pace into a more adventurous tune. Although the song has an upbeat vibe, lyrics such as “I feel numb in this kingdom” reveal Tonra’s true underlying heartache. The song’s witty title also shows the ingenuity of the band itself. “Numbers” does not refer to counting, but rather to “Numb-ers” — people who have become unraveled by their former lovers.

“Alone/With You” is probably the best single from the album because of its subtle creativity. Split into two parts, the song is about the complexity of relationships, hence the song’s contradictory title. Tonra’s hushed vocalizations, backed by mellow drumbeats, contrast sharply with the bitter lyrics “I hate dreaming of being with you.” The message is clear: everyone hates being alone, but getting with the wrong person out of desperation is just as terrible. The gentle tone and vicious message are polar opposites that embody the singer’s internal struggle over love.

The only song that breaks away from the album’s indie style is “No Care,” which has a more fast-paced beat, but this song still includes the album’s token, overused guitar accompaniment. This song is incompatible with the calm mood of the rest of the album, and rather than being an experimental track, “No Care” is just an awkward disruption.

Overall, “Not to Disappear” is very instrumental-heavy, but this shouldn’t discourage people from listening to the album. In fact, the brief and symbolic lyrics allow listeners to comprehend the essence of Tonra’s message, while the repetitiveness focuses on the overwhelming depth of her emotions.

For the individual looking to take a break from reality and reflect alone on late nights, Daughter’s “Not to Disappear” is the perfect go-to album.

By Kevin Arifin, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of iTunes

 

The Breakdown


Mood
8
Sounds/Beats
8
Lyrics
9.5
Voice
9


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