Daughter has always been a band that has dealt in the fragility of the human condition, but on first casual listen you could easily be forgiven for thinking that their atmospherically textured new single Doing The Right Thing has found the band riding into a new world of sexual freedom as words about making babies and nudity jump out at the ears. However, it soon becomes clear as the tune evolves that Doing The Right Thing is dealing with far sadder issues than getting jiggy with it. “Then I lose my children, then I lose my love, then I sit in silence, let the pictures from soak out of televisions” sings Elena with a stately calmness; for Doing The Right Thing is about dementia and its progressive and devastating attack on the brain: “I’m just fearing one day soon I’ll lose my mind.”
Dementia probably isn’t the sort of thing you’ll find most young musicians writing about, but then Daughter aren't the same as most young bands – they have a disarming maturity about them and that makes them all the more special.
Taken from forthcoming 10 track album Not To Disappear, released early next year, Doing The Right Thing is partnered by the first of a trilogy of videos created by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. It’s a poignant and sympathetic film that serves as a strong visual accompaniment to the music, showing the emotional complexities of treating someone with the illness with dignity and respect, even though its hard to see if anyone is still there inside. Supremely powerful.
Daughter - Doing The Right Thing (Video)