Not to Disappear, Daughter:

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DAUGHTER, NOT TO DISAPPEAR:  ★★★★ 1/2

Not to Disappear is the second full length release from UK based indie-electronic & folk trio Daughter, exploring loneliness and the fragility of human connection. Unlike debut If You Leave, the sombre lyrics of Not to Disappear feels like the unforced product of  organic writing processes, they are not overanalysed to convey ‘seriousness’ of the band, they just are. And what they are is an unnerving, ethereal and melodic journey that speaks to the desolation and the emotional depths of broken relationships – physically or metaphysically. The album is filled with painful yearning, unsubsidised by a ravenous anger and rage in the face of diminishing human connection. Front-woman, Elena, once again offers the powerful and sensuous vocals that we’ve come to associate with band, but in not to disappear we ascertain a certain aggressiveness lacking in prior offerings. This aggressiveness, according to Elena, was linked to her transition into self acceptance and expression, the result of free-thinking, unhampered by over-analysis.

Not to disappear is an ode to a really shitty-in-between feeling of numbness, the time when you can’t quite get a grip on anything and youre forced to constantly feel like your inability to belong could send you spiralling down into the dark underworld of depression at any moment.  Festering relationships and the grimy underworld of modern dating are all touched on in tracks Numbers and New Ways, which take on a slowburning calamitous nature aided by perfectly timed pregnant pauses. Overall you sense that the anger and rage present throughout the whole album is largely directed at the wearisome nature of one sided relationships.

‘ I hate being with you, because you are never there ‘

This recurring notion speaks to the agony of putting every fibre of your being into a relationship only to have the other person unwilling to do the same. These sentiments are backed up by the albums post rock/light punk nature which frequently employs guitar rifts and drum solos largely reflective of those present in The National‘s  ‘Trouble will find me’. The lyrics present across the album, particularly in Alone/ With You, convey two separate narratives; one is that of despair & loneliness; the other is of understanding and acceptance. The growth of the album sees the singer take on the empowering decision of rebuilding and gravitating towards self love and acceptance. She’s discovering her identity, refusing to be defined by others.

‘I don’t want to belong/ to you or anyone’ 

Concluding song, Made of Stone, speaks to the emotionally disjointed experiences that have influenced the writers resulting person, she refuses to dismiss them and their impacts on her life. They have shaped her and she is wizened and a little more hardened because of them but she acknowledges her growth due to them.

‘ I think we are all/ built out of memories’.

TOP PICKS: ‘Alone/With You’ , ‘Fossa’ ,  ‘Doing the Right Thing’ , ‘ Numbers’.

 

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RÜfÜs, Bloom:

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RÜFÜS, BLOOM:★★★★

RÜFÜS’ sophmore album Bloom, is perhaps the Sydney based trio’s most chilled offering yet, conveying the newly self assured nature of the band . Similar to RÜFÜS’ debut album, Atlas, the writing process of Bloom was largely influenced by the bands location and what frontman Tyrone explains as the ;

Push and Pull.. and the inter-relationship between us and what home means to us”.

 There is a more prominent sense of darkness in Bloom reflecting the impacts of urban-life, travel and long stints away from home on the band. It is their longstanding relationship with Berlin’s dance scene that has clearly aided in this sound evolution, moving the album away from just a beach meets dancefloor anthem like prior album, Atlas.

The more ‘relaxed’ nature of Bloom see’s frontman Tyrone develop his trustworthy vocals into a fuller and more versatile sound that strengthens the album and reminds the listener that the boys are not new at this. This self assured nature is present in the slow burning build of the almost 10 minute long final banger innerbloom. The track is an almost spiritual journey of good vibes- which are of the windows down, shoulder swishing nature. The increased confidence and comfort within the trio has meant that Bloom feels like an entirely natural composition, making the album feel unforced and flowy – rather than mass produced dance-floor bangers. The cheap dancefloor ‘electronic’ tracks played far too many times by the ‘DJ’ at your local on any given night is exactly what this album isn’t, rather its a magical composition filled with smooth, slowburning almost dreamlike tunes (get your tunerags ready) that confirms the successful growth of the band. ‘I’ll take you further’  its the lyrics of Say a prayer for me and they set precedent for the album which slowly and confidently builds, engaging the listener further than ever before.

TOP PICKS; ‘Be with you’,  ‘Until the sun needs to rise’,  ‘Innerbloom’

P.S: Definitely listen to this album twice, due to slow burning nature ect.

The Paper Kites, TWELVEFOUR:

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The Paper Kites, TWELVEFOUR: ★★★1/2

The Melbourne five piece have returned with their second album Twelvefour which is based around the concept that creativity peaks between the wearisome hours of 12- 4 am. This can be heard at the heart of their indierock driven sound which attempts to add in a whimsical darkness to their traditionally lighter sound. Overall however the album falls flat, unable to present their sound in an entirely original or particularly effective way. However the tracks do mesh together in a way that is reminiscent of the long lonely driving scene presented in all indie and coming of age films. Track ‘bleed confusion’ is a standout resembling Father John Misty’s style, while tracks ‘i’m lying to you because I’m lost’ and opening single ‘electric indigo’ will also make you feel some feels (not all of them though).