Saturday 31 December 2016

My Favourite Albums of 2016: #19 Daughter - Not To Disappear

Back in 2013 Daughter’s debut album If You Leave came 3rd on my end of year list. The fact that Not to Disappear only comes 19th in 2016 doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any weaker – it’s more because the record connected with me less personally than any judgement on the musical quality (which remains consistently high throughout). The reason for that lesser affinity is probably due to the fact that when a record is so intimate, if the listener isn't feeling the same way it can be harder to fully appreciate, although of course, it's still possible to empathise. 

Musically Not to Disappear has plenty more of the brooding atmospherics and bleak melancholy that made their debut such a must listen, but this time round there are some surprises to keep you on your toes, such as the verging on aggressive No Care, ensuring that this isn’t just a formulaic re-tread of the debut but something that's looking forward and evolving.

Daughter - No Care (Video)

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