Not to Disappear
There’s tremendous poise to Elena Tonra’s astonishing vocals. Whatever rumbling atmospheric walls her Franco-Swiss band build, the Londoner holds her steely nerve. It’s a mesmeric blueprint that the three-piece perfect on this second album. Single “Doing the Right Thing” is the marker for their ambitions: tremulous guitars and mournful organ gather like storm clouds over Tonra’s intense account of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s struggle. This intoxicating slow-burn envelops the album, particularly on the giddy “How” and glorious “Mother”. Elsewhere, “No Care” is a tightly-coiled dance beast, while “To Belong”’s tumultuous finale gives the album its euphoric release.