“Smother” starts off as a simple song. All that it consists of is a bit of twinkling guitar that seems like it goes on for an eternity and then suddenly, a heartbreakingly beautiful, yet hurt voice comes in; a voice that seems so honest and vulnerable it edges on being haunting.
The lyrics are also simple but the way they are articulated with dramatic pauses leaves you to believe that there is a much deeper meaning filled with regret and loneliness.
As soon as you think you’ve heard enough, the music starts to swell as the choral haze and heavier drumbeat comes in. The climax of the song is reached but quickly vanishes and the song is once again striped down to only guitars and vocals where the final heart wrenching confession is released.
“Smother” is not the first emotional song from London based trio Daughter. They’ve had a lot of practice with past songs “Love” and “Youth,” but “Smother” definitely wins the award. Good luck not getting emotional over this one!