Adelaide synth-duo Auguste have got a Andy-Bull produced piece of sweetness for you here in Kingdom. As the stepsisters and BFF’s Skye Lockwood and Beth Keough tell us on Soundcloud, Kingdom is “about personal space and the challenges we face when others are invading that space in a negative way…it’s really a bit of a ‘eff you’ to anyone who has ever tried to control you or tell you what to do.” Hell yes ladies! WildnFree totally agrees. This blog is also a bit of a ‘fuck you’ to the Man. Respect.
Now we’ve both told everyone to fuck off, Beth will now share her review of Daughter‘s Not To Disappear. Daughter I’m sure would get behind our evident feistiness. Take it away Beth!
I’d been waiting for Daughter to release something new for a while, their first album was breathtaking and EP Wild Youth had me hooked me when I first listened in 2012 – it’s not often you’re blown away by every song on one EP. Not To Disappear didn’t disappoint.
At first I was a little unsure though, the beginning of the opening track New Ways is quite stripped back, I was waiting for the moment when the song punched me in the guts and made me feel something. Then, the drop came and I was in. Their sound has the perfect balance of softness and broody melancholic rock. The driving bass and kick sounds follow this ebb and flow of light and dark throughout each track. There’s this subtle ethereal ambiance that has me enchanted, I think that’s mostly the vocals, her voice is relaxed and powerful all at once.
First single Doing The Right Thing didn’t grab me as much as the second Numbers, and the third How – wow what a song… it’s reminiscent of Bat For Lashes and somehow Coldplay!?? The album tackles themes of loneliness, abandonment, unrequited love, self-defeat, empowerment and even Alzheimer’s. There are some pretty dark moments throughout, they resonated with me though. I found myself unashamedly revelling in the darkness.
No Care really lifted the mood in the second half of the album, shifting it to a momentary kind of nonchalant place, the song is energetic and liberating, full of attitude and the shift in style intrigued me, it got me wondering where the album would take me next. The final track Made Of Stone completed the album perfectly; I think it’s my favourite. It hit me in the gut for the final time; it’s clearly a love song, but a broody one. Each track alludes to a kind of brutal self-battle, it’s beautifully relatable.
Here it is, but watch out, you’re up for a punch in the guts:
Now watch our fab guest reviewer’s beautiful clip for Kingdom. Featuring contemporary dancers Jess Statton and Aiden Kane Munn, you’ll be quite mesmerised by it all: