Even if Daugher is still making good and fair use of frontwoman Elena Tonra's gentle and dreamy vocals, their lyrics and music seem less haunting and holding more emotional depth than the atmosphere they expressed on If you leave. Not To Disappear is relying slightly less on frontwoman Elena Tonra for the haunting vocals and adding more focus on different instruments. This makes for an interesting turn in the music we expect from Daughter, especially in the drums and the adding of an extra pinch of electricity in the guitar and synthesizer compartment, which amplifies the accustomed acoustics from their first album.
As a result the first two songs, New Ways and Numbers sound balanced towards a different direction; the music moves towards rock, using heavier bass and guitar riffs, or even touch a hint of drum-'n-bass, but the vocals and lyrics stay true to the Daughter atmosphere.
Doing the Right Thing is a bit more slow and unite bassguitar and vocals in a song that might relate to 20-somethings having a quarterlife crisis, but the video accompanying the song shows it is actually about dementia, which is being painted by the lyrics: ‘Then I’ll lose my children. Then I’ll lose my love. Then I’ll sit in silence. Let the picture soak’.
It's like the first three songs open with more room for experimentation, while the fourth song, called How, suits the style of the band in it's simplicity and integrity perfectly, but doesn't leave a big impression.
The same goes for Mothers, which has the same calm and has the same kind of focus on the voice and guitarriffs as found on If You Leave. However, the second half of the song incorporates a that hint of the drum-'n bass mentioned before, revealing a different pathway, which merges into Alone/With You, a song that gets it's strength from its countering lyrics and upbeating guitar and synthesizer.
The upbeat continues in the drumming of No Care, evoking an anxious and angry sound. To Belong goes into a different direction altogether, but the anxiety is still there and amplifying in Fossa, one of my favourites of the album in it's alternating waves of upbeat rhythm and guitar riffs into the calm and haunting.
Made of Stone could have been a song on If You Leave, with the acoustic guitar and haunting vocals and lyrics shaping it into a beautifully melancholic but slightly anti-climactic final to the album.
In all, Daughter kept true to their original form when it comes to the dark, melancholic atmosphere, but managed to evoke more feeling through music instead of relying solely on the serenity in Elena's voice and guitar picking.