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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Given its beginnings as Elena Tonra's solo project, it would be easy to assume that Daughter is just another singer/songwriter act with a couple of supporting musicians. However, over the course of If You Leave, Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli, and drummer Remi Aguilella make it clear that this is the work of a band. Together, they swing between moments of close-up intimacy and widescreen majesty, often during the course of one song. These songs have so many ebbs and flows that they're practically tidal: "Lifeforms" swells from spiraling guitars that recall the xx in their moody simplicity into towering rock that makes the most of Haefeli's amps and Aguilella's kit. That said, the most powerful part of Daughter's music is Tonra's lyrics, which are full of striking images that echo and intensify the music's mix of detail and drama. Heartbreak leaves physical destruction in its wake on "Youth," where the loveless are "setting fire to our insides for fun"; "Still" uses careful and clever parallel structures to track a relationship's decay, making a poignant contrast between when things were good and when they weren't. If You Leave's haunted, wounded, and weary songs aren't always the easiest listening; there's a fine line between brooding and moping, and while Daughter mostly stay on the right side of it, they wobble occasionally, to the point where the brisk acoustic guitars on "Human" feel like opening the windows in a stuffy room. Tonra's voice, which has just the right balance of warmth and ethereality, helps carry the album through its darkest moments and shines especially brightly on the closing track, "Shallows," a slow-building, seven-minute epic that earns its drama and shows what they can do with that kind of space. Even if their meditations on heartbreak and death can be overwhelming occasionally, If You Leave proves that Daughter can channel a single mood over the course of an entire album with often exquisite results. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 15, 2016 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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The sophomore full-length from London's Daughter brings a more assertive articulation to their typically brooding ruminations while very much retaining the personality of their intimate debut LP. Though If You Leave was far from demure, sharp, more percussive attacks and pronounced, if still echoey and meandering, guitars greet ears from Not to Disappear's opening "New Ways." The song also has stream-of-consciousness, near-rap passages by leader Elena Tonra ("I'm trying to get out/Find a subtle way out/Not to cross myself out/Not to disappear"); the singer has revealed that the band's recording process here was more spontaneous than ever before, with Tonra improvising lyrics during recorded "jams" in the studio, much of which was used on the album. The subject matter hasn't lightened, though, with the lead single, "Doing the Right Thing," tackling the effects of dementia ("I'll lose my mind, then I'll lose my children, then I'll lose my love, then I'll sit in silence"), and other songs likewise meditating on topics involving loss, loneliness, and disappointment. Musically, sound-defining delay, a dark tone palette, and friable vocals wrap the whole album in a distinctively muddy cocoon while dodging monotony. The especially intimate "Mothers" favors relatively sustained tones and lush simplicity; while high contrasts and pounding, tribal-like low-pitched drums mark "Numbers" ("I feel numb"); and the bass-heavy, drums-hyper "No Care" could be imagined emitting from the drainage grates outside an underground nightclub (though "No one asks me for dances because I only know how to flail"). Altogether elegant, moving, and often beautiful, Not to Disappear leaves Daughter, without question, on the heavier side of the emotional spectrum, but, like the Cure's "Dark Trilogy" 35 years prior, is sure to connect deeply with some listeners and stand out not only among pop contemporaries but among other emotive, textured indie pop. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2012 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 1, 2017 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Neo-folk trio Daughter develop their range with the entirely instrumental video game soundtrack Music from Before the Storm. Their third studio album scores the game Life Is Strange: Before the Storm which is built around the branching dialogues of 16-year-old schoolmates. The album's release was preceded by the lead single "Burn It Down." © Bekki Bemrose /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Rock - Released January 1, 2012 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 1999 | AUM Fidelity

Daughter is a five-piece post-hardcore punk band from N.Y.C. whose twist on the well-trodden genre involves a two-girl vocal attack from M.L. Platt and bassist Nicole Lombardi. Skin, their 2003 debut, recalls both Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, but of the three they are certainly the most aggressive and the most indebted to hardcore and its affinity with heavy metal. Skin packs a heavy musical punch, but it is sometimes sidelined by Platt's vague confessional lyrics that fail to convey anything other than prosaic frustration. Daughter shows promise, but for all the punkish muscle rev that these songs provide, the band ultimately ends up spinning its wheels without the poetic punch needed to get things moving. © Wade Kergan /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 14, 2015 | Le. Status

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 23, 2018 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rock - Released January 15, 2014 | Le. Status

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 14, 2016 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 23, 2018 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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