Daughter [Music Review]

Daughter is a band that I’ve known of for years but never properly listened to. I think sometimes when you hear an artist is of a certain genre or style you kind of assume whether you will like it before actually listening. However recently I’m trying to be more open with listening to different styles.

As you already know if you’ve read my blog, I predominantly listen to pop punk and post-hardcore. I play the clarinet and the piano so I also like classical music and I love acoustic songs in general – they’re just great. Daughter is kind of a mixture between all of these I would say. They may not sound remotely close to punk or rock but their lyrics are certainly devised of the same emotional proportion and meaning. And in terms of sound, they have a kind of relaxing-classical-film-music vibe to them, if you were to take away the lyrics and listen purely as a stripped back piece of music. I think this is how – despite being an indie band far from my usual taste – they have somehow made itself onto my iPod. And I really think that’s great – to have something different for a change.

Whilst Daughter have a few more upbeat songs, I definitely prefer the more mellow ones. I kind of feel like it’s the type of music that would be perfect to listen to at night in a car or whilst walking in the rain (which I actually did the other day and it was really atmospheric!)

I just wanted to share a few of my favourite songs of theirs below with some words on each:

Numbers

This is the first song I listened to by Daughter and I instantly really liked the vibe to it. I love how the title “NUMB-ers” corresponds with the lyric “I feel NUMB”.

 

Made of Stone

This one is really relaxing but also the concept of being “made of stone” I find to be really interesting – moments where things feel so wrapped up in your head you bottle feelings until they can no longer be felt. And the fear that maybe they won’t come back.

 

Doing the Right Thing

This song is from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s and so it has really become something quite personal to me as my granny used to suffer from it. The concept of “losing children” and “losing love” merely within one’s mind, despite them being physically there, is just something so awful; having to sit in front of a television and none of it soaking in because there’s a limit to the capacity of remembering; the cyclical structure of everyday replaying knowing there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. And I think this song really captures this moment perfectly.

 

Smother

I think of all the songs mentioned here, Smother has the saddest undertone – it just feels so raw; full and yet completely void of emotions simultaneously. But I absolutely love it for this and it’s possibly my favourite of the list.

 

Touch

This song is equally as relaxing but I love the echoing of drums almost like a heartbeat in the background – irregular, just like the emotions expressed. There is quite a dragged out sound to Touch which I really like – the idea of having to impatiently wait to “feel something” – and this is reinforced with the lengthened end even after the singing has ceased.

 

Shallows

I love the build up on this song – from the initial sombre start to the introduction of the drums on the second verse. It fluctuates a lot between these two different modes and so whilst you can appreciate the light strumming of guitar chords, you also feel the intense emotions, just as any other human being who finds themselves within changing moods.

 

Daughter have a new album that is being released later this year for a video game so I am interested in hearing what that will sound like, but for now I hope this was something a bit different to listen to on my blog. Let me know if you’re also a fan ūüôā

Album of the Week: Adornment by Grayscale

Okay so I was scrolling through YouTube a week ago and came across this band called Grayscale and oh my god what have I done; I have been listening to this band on repeat ever since. They’re just so good.

If you’ve read some of my music posts before, you already know I’m a massive fan of pop punk but this band definitely takes a different approach to it than most of the bands I listen to. I think it’s somewhat more toned down and yet at the same it has just as much feeling. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite songs from it, from the beautiful acoustics of “Forever Yours” to the old style of “If I Ever See You Again”. “Fever Dream”, however, is probably my favourite from the album. Enjoy!

 

Okay I won’t overload you with any more! But definitely check them out because they’re so great. And can I just say the album artwork is amazing!? If it wasn’t that good I don’t think I would have been drawn to click on it.

Let me know if you guys have found any cool music lately!

New Music!!

I am so hyped because loads of bands are releasing albums this year and I literally can’t wait, so I thought I’d share some that I am looking forward to!

1. Neck Deep

So yesterday Neck Deep released two new songs for their upcoming album “The Peace and the Panic” which was so exciting I can’t even. The first song is “Where do we go when we go”. I love how this song takes a twist on the well-known nursery rhyme to formulate their own stance on the lyrics – plus it’s ridiculously catchy and I’ve been singing it ever since it came out. The second one is “Happy Judgement Day”. This song has lyrics that are really relatable at the moment in terms of modern day politics and different viewpoints. I love the guitar riff in this so much!

2. Arcane Roots

These guys also released new music yesterday! I’ve been listening to their song “Curtains” for a while because it’s honestly such a great song with an amazing build up, but yesterday they released “Matter” and I also really like this song too!

3. Broadside

Broadside have released two new songs recently for their album “Paradise” that is coming out in June! “Puzzle Pieces” and “Hidden Colours” are both great songs but I love the former slightly more – I think it’s cool how the vocalist Oli directed the music video himself. So I’m also extremely hyped for this album which will most definitely help me get through exams.

4. Fort Hope

Coincidentally, Fort Hope’s album “The Flood Flowers Vol 1” is being released on the same day as Broadside’s (so much good music omg help) and I’m currently obsessed with their song “The People of the Lake” because it’s one of those songs where you literally can’t sit still; you have to join in whether its tapping the beat or full on belting it out.

5. PVRIS

At the beginning of May, PVRIS released their new song “Heaven” and it’s so good! I love the art and everything that has gone into the music video and I’m really excited to hear the other songs on their upcoming album “All we know of Heaven, All we need of Hell”.

 

So these are the albums so far that I’m hyped for! I swear if any more of my favourite bands drop an album on me I’m gonna cry of happiness. If you like any of these bands too, please leave a comment; I’d love to talk about them! If not, what releases are you looking forward to this year?

 

Song of the Week – ‘I Am’ by Hands like Houses

“You’re one of a thousand voices / In my head that all just sound the same.”

After I discovered their album ‘Dissonants’ roughly a year ago, Hands like Houses became undoubtedly one of my favourite bands. Since then, their album has had over 1000 listens on my iPod and I don’t think I could ever get bored of it!

So this week I’ve chosen the first song on their record: ‘I Am’. Whilst there are so many songs I could have chosen, I chose this one because it’s the first song I heard by them. I think it gives a general impression of what they’re about as a band, as well as their sound, and it’s definitely one of my favourites on the album because of it.

So here it is!

Song of the Week – ‘Equals’ Soundtrack

I thought that this week I would choose a soundtrack as my song of the week. ‘Equals’ is a film I’ve recently watched and has come to be one of my favourite movies. However the fact that it is surrounded by music as brilliant as this is what makes it so good.

This track has an almost haunting quality to it; the kind of music where you can put in earphones and listen to it on a walk or whilst sitting in the car and you feel so closed off from the world and everything in it and yet you see everything all at once. I feel like it has so much emotion in it which I think is enhanced if you’ve also seen the movie and know the final scene in which it is played.

Unfortunately this wonderful piece of music has not been released and is therefore not available to purchase ūüė¶ however I have listened to it many times on youtube and it is the perfect song for relaxing and to calm you down.

 

You can also read my film review on ‘Equals’ here.

Song of the Week – “Curtains” by Arcane Roots

To be honest, I have no idea why I haven’t come up with this idea sooner, but I thought it’d be cool to start a ‘Song of the Week’ series. As a massive fan of music, I have so many songs I’d love to share and even if you’re not really¬†interested, I like talking about it anyway XD

The first song I’m going to start off with is “Curtains” by Arcane Roots. I’ve been listening to a few of Arcane Roots’ songs for a while now however I only just found this single and oh my god if this isn’t amazing I don’t know what is.

At first, I was a bit dubious because it sounded a bit different to their usual stuff, however it’s one of those songs where you need to take a break from life, sit down, put earphones in, and listen to the whole way through. Then, you realise how well thought out it is and how insane¬†the build up is from a soft start to a screaming finish. Honestly, I just think it’s so¬†unbelievably good¬†and the instrumentals at parts almost make me think of film music.

So here it is for a listen:

 

My Favourite Acoustic Songs

As you already know, I’m a massive music fan. Whilst I love listening to post-hardcore rock and pop punk, these very¬†bands also¬†produce some amazing stripped back songs which I love too. So even if you’re not into these genres, you might want to give these songs a go! Here they are (and in no particular order):

  1. A Part of Me by Neck Deep

When I had a change of music taste like two years ago, this is one of the first songs I listened to that made me love pop punk. I guess you could say Neck Deep introduced me to this genre and¬†I just love this song so much for that. The inclusion of Laura Whiteside’s voice¬†also makes¬†a perfect voiceover¬†for the end.

2. Therapy by All Time Low

This song is so beautifully sad. Last year I was lucky enough to experience this song live and I can honestly say it was one of the best moments of my life.

3. James Dean & Audrey Hepburn and With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear (Acoustic Versions) by Sleeping with Sirens

These songs are so beautiful and relaxing. The first time I listened to this album was before I went on holiday a while back and I literally became obsessed with them and listened on repeat.

4. Heavy Hearts by Too Close to Touch

Like all TCTT’s songs, this song¬†really pulls on your emotions. I remember when it first came out, as a bonus song for their album ‘Nerve Endings’, and I wasn’t expecting it at all and I went mad (especially when at first it didn’t download properly).

5. A Modern Myth by Thirty Seconds to Mars

This song is amazing but you’ve never heard emotion like the last minute of this song. With the screaming of “goodbye” you really feel like you’re there in that moment and it’s something most people have experienced and can relate to in their life.

6. Revive by Hands like Houses

Despite admittedly liking their upbeat songs more, I do love this song as well because it’s such a nice toned down version compared to its original – it’s almost like a completely different band. The live version is also really good and worth a watch.

7. My Heart I Surrender by I Prevail

This was actually the first song that got me into this band. When I first listened, I wasn’t really into their other music as much but now, I love them.

8. Come Clean by Fort Hope

This is actually the only band on here which I¬†only listen to¬†one particular song of theirs. The band itself isn’t really my kind of thing but oh my god is this song¬†wonderful and he sings it with such a shaky voice it makes you want to cry. I can’t seem to find it on youtube anywhere which is a bit of a shame because that means you can’t¬†hear it, but if you download it, you literally won’t be let down I promise you.

9. Around the World and Back by State Champs

This song is kind of similar to A Part of Me in that it has added female vocals and it’s just generally so great and really relaxing.

10. Waking Up, Demon Limbs, Mind over Matter and Only Love by PVRIS

So I’ve realised I’ve just named four songs in one here but they’re all as good as each other and to be honest these are probably the most relaxing songs on the list – you can literally fall asleep to them.

11. Clairvoyant and Navy Blue by The Story so Far

Despite having been a fan of The Story so Far for a while now, I’ve only recently found these and oh my god they’re so good at acoustic songs I can’t even these are amazing.

12. Ponder by Knuckle Puck

The emotion in this song is just incredible. I love the overall feel to it and the repeated line: “everything is copacetic” (= everything is in excellent order)¬†which seems to recur throughout the album.

 

And that’s it ūüôā There are a few more I like but I didn’t want to make the list too long – if you’ve made it this far already then that’s pretty good going!

What are your favourite acoustic songs?

And let me know if you like any of mine ūüôā