Music From Before The Storm - Daughter
Experimentation is a key part in developing musically. From The Beatles’ Revolver to Taylor Swift’s metamorphosis from country to pop with her 1989 album, it happens to most during their musical journey. The indie three piece, Daughter, have now hit this benchmark with their recent album Music From Before the Storm.
What they have released is a collection of beautifully arranged, yet more atmospheric tracks. Although most of songs on the album lack vocalist, Elena Tonra’s, delicate, centred voice and insightful lyrics, the tracks are no less ambient to what we know the band for.
It’s evident that the group has been interested in this largely instrumental route for a while with tracks, such as ‘How’ and ‘To Belong’, from their previous album Not To Disappear, exploring the similar ideas.
The opening track ‘Glass’ boasts heavily delayed guitar and an electronic organ, perfectly framing the ambience of the album entirely. As the piece progresses, the guitar riff continues to repeat but is lifted with a steady and upbeat groove alongside breathy and loose adlibs.
Giving the album a facelift is the fiery second track ‘Burn It Down’. Melodic phrases from a reverb-ladled piano cut through the synth-centric intro, following the track into a rhythmic haven of layers. Without the safety net of words, the exploration into the realms of instrumental music have begun. Complex rhythmic patterns overtop of sustained chords with simple patterns seem to be the go-to technique running through the album.
The album advances, with a multitude of different melodic ideas and phrases, each song sounding unique, but sticks to the overall progressive indie, almost trance theme.
Completing this thirteen-track endeavour is ‘A Hole In The Earth’, pulling back to the distinctive sound we recognise the band for. The solemn guitar and lulling vocals draw an absolute end to the album, beckoning the idea that Daughter have blown out the candles on their former sound.