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London trio Daughter’s debut album If You Leave was an excellent, tender, delicate record and, on the strength of the first taste of the new album, The single Doing The Right Thing – they’ve retained their sense of melancholy and added some steel to it too.

A few listens in, not long after its release in January, we thought to ourselves If “Not to Disappear” is not in our end of year list, it will have been an incredible year for music’. As it turned out, 2016 was a pretty decent year for new music releases but Daughter’s second album remained a high, and powerful, point.

“Doing the Right Thing” continues to provoke tears when listening. Its anguished take on dementia, told from a sufferer’s point of view, not so much tugging at heartstrings as wrenching them out by the handful while making you chop onions for hours. It is one of the saddest, most emotive tracks we’ve heard in years and its power does not diminish the more familiar you are with it.

By contrast “No Care” is powered by a visceral dissection of a less than pleasant sexual liaison. Here there is anger and disgust but the rawness and honesty remains. Indeed, Not to Disappear is startling in its openness, poignancy, accessibility and beauty. For our money it shows a real evolution and maturity from a band who have always sounded gorgeous, and now seem to have a lot more to say within it.

‘Doing The Right Thing’ was the first single to be taken from Daughter’s new album ‘Not To Disappear’, released on the 15th January 2016


Daughter  in concert at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol this past weekend. Getting started in 2010, and with a critically acclaimed debut album in 2013, Daughter have risen quickly in popularity with audiences as well as the press.

Described variously as Indie/Folk/Ambient and Pop, but leaning heavily in the ambient direction, the band is fueled by the heady-emotion-filled songs of Elena Tonra, and have struck on a winning combination, creating a luxuriant soundscape to compliment what has been characterized as a unique sonic landscape.

Since their debut, they have issued some four eps, three singles and another album, Not To Disappear, which was released this past January to worldwide sales, extending their appeal way beyond their UK fanbase.

They are one of the big acts again this year,  at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol, which has been a feast of great and diverse music. In 2013 they were just starting to get notice and recognition. In the 3 years since, they have grown (as any band would, given the amount of hard work and touring they put in) and the effort has paid off. What is presented now is a polished and accomplished band; assured and comfortable with a capacity audience.

One of the nice things about following bands via the internet, which you really weren’t able to do before having fingertip/worldwide access, is catching their live gigs and reading their reviews the night after, hearing their radio sessions and interviews and being witness to a band growing and maturing before your eyes – the cause and effect; the hard work and endless slog it takes, and the payoff of a growing and loyal audience and hitting that success, knowing you’re doing something right. It’s great stuff and it’s wonderful to watch.

So this latest installment in the ongoing story of Daughter continues to be the success they’ve achieved in the past three years. From the sounds of it, there appears to be no letup and 2016 should be another good year for them.

When it came time for British three-piece Daughter to make videos for their new album, “Not to Disappear,” they sent three songs to writer Stuart Evers (“Ten Stories About Smoking”). Evers then wrote three short stories, which were then used as the basis for the videos “Doing the Right Thing,” “Numbers” and now “How,” which premieres on Speakeasy today.

The band released three respective short films for the tracks. Though all are linked by one motif, the films can be enjoyed on their own or sequentially. You can read about the experiences of all involved, the meaning behind the stories that inspired the films, and find-behind the-scenes photos from the video shoots below, along with the music videos themselves.

The story that inspired the video for “How” is called “5,040,” which refers to the number of ways the woman in the video can lock her door. One day, she decides to get the courage up and go out into the world, where an eerie scene takes place on a beach.

“I love the fact that it wasn’t necessarily about the song,” says Daughter guitarist/vocalist Elena Tonra. “There’s a surreal army of women in red dresses that turn toward her. It feels quite nightmarish.”

For all three videos, Daughter tapped filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard to create the visuals, with the common thread being a red dress seen in each clip. In “How,” it’s a symbol “up for interpretation.”

“There’s a lot of texture that we use,” Tonra says of the band’s music. “We all love film and we’re very excited about the idea that people would want to use our music to put for visuals.”

Daughter is gearing up for a North American tour in support of “Not to Disappear,” starting in March opening in Philadelphia.

“Not to Disappear” is out now on Glassnote Records. Watch the videos for “Doing the Right Thing” and “Numbers” .


Numbers is taken from Daughter’s second LP, “Not To Disappear”, to be released on 15th January via 4AD/Glassnote Records.

Not To Disappear has crept right up our list of records we’re looking forward to since the band’s recent show at St Johns Church in Hackney, a triumph which showed they’ve found the balance between the delicate, tender nuances we love the band for and a little extra oomph which enhances the live experience. We really, really, loved it and Numbers stood out, with its thunderous bass and rattling drums. It’s a little softer on the release, so, if you like your music with a little kick in the chest make sure you head out to one of their forthcoming live shows.

Nearly three years after the release of their debut ‘If You Leave’, Daughter – the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella – will return in 2016 with a new album, entitled ‘Not To Disappear’.

‘Not To Disappear’ is Daughter’s second album and finds the band making confident strides forward both sonically and lyrically. Elena, Igor and Remi spent a summer in New York recording ‘Not To Disappear‘ with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

It’s been a while since we have felt as emotionally pulled apart after listening to the band Daughter. Poignancy and poetry is the name of the game for this band and they manage to deliver that with a fragility that is both beguiling and unnerving. Daughter have a new track, it’s straight back to business with the new single ‘Doing the Right Thing’ a deeply emotional tale about growing old, which is complimented by an even more emotionally charged video

It not only the first we have heard for sometime but it also announces the band’s return to live shows , Elena, Igor & Remi will play three special headline shows in the UK this November.

16th – GLASGOW, Art School
18th – BRISTOL, Trinity
19th – LONDON, St. John at Hackney Church

Tickets go on general sale this Friday, 2nd Oct. An exclusive fan pre-sale is available via Songkick 24 hours before on Thursday, 1st Oct. Go here for further information:

Daughter’s new album ‘Not To Disappear’ is released on the 15th January 2016 via 4AD/Glassnote.

The single comes with the imminent release of the new LPNot to Disappear” produced by Nicolas Vernhes it is likely to be another piece of atmospheric beauty with humanity and vulnerability.