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Not to Disappear


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Daughter's front lady Elena Tonra isn't much concerned over the words used to characterize or categorize the music she writes, just those she uses to write with. Tonra has turned to song as self-therapy, a vocalized journal, and a buoy to keep her above the surface of life's choppy seas.

With their second album, Not to Disappear, existential scarring remains at the core of the band's subject matter, yet the music announces a power formed from surviving emotional hardship. The icy, misty soundscape is familiar, yet filled out with more textures and nuanced manipulation of the elements to shape the setting of Tonra's narrative. Momentous percussion and cavernous bass lines swell under expansive chords of electric guitar distortion that clash together, sending shivers throughout the body of the listener. There is a grander, more immediate presence felt here. Standouts like "Fossa" feel like charging through an open field towards light that has broken through ominous clouds.

Daughter's songs speak to those once close and now distant, and to others who have endured similar loss. Their strength is forged in sharing and the solace given to those who may be feeling lost. Uplifted by a striking new force of sound from partners Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, Tonra once again courageously emerges from the dark with something to impart, the voice for delicate souls pressing forward. (www.ohdaughter.com)

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