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’.

 

Grimes, Art Angels:

Foals, WHAT WENT DOWN:

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Foals, WHAT WENT DOWN: ★★★★

And they’re back! Foals doing what they do best by dropping some toe-tapping alternative rock tunes for the worlds enjoyment. Album 4 from the British boys has seen the band embrace the darker elements of rock, introducing more big guitar heavy synth to their typically poppy beats. Lead singer Yannis adds wider range to his infectious voice, building from melodic ballads to hard hitting crescendos which though perhaps more slow burning than previous indie anthems are undoubtedly more hard hitting. What went down explores the maturing of an alternative rock band moving away from high-energy indie ballads and into the darker and more aggressive world of rock and roll.

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).