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Daughter | Smoke

Officially, Daughter only has one album under its belt. But it feels like I’ve been writing about Elena Tonra and crew for years now. (Okay, I guess I have.) At first, it began with streaming singles on bandcamp and the periodic appearances of EPs. A blink later and the band is signed to 4AD, they have an LP, their songs are playing on popular television programs, and the band highlighted The Late Show With David Letterman with a performance of “Youth” late in 2012. The band and its singer have been kind to this blog, writing thanks for some of my initial posts about the music, giving tour updates, and announcing new tracks. That’s where we’re at now. Following the success of “If You Leave” (2013), Daughter has released a limited-edition 7-inch called “Youth”, featuring the previously unreleased “Smoke”. You can find more info on how to buy the 7-inch at the YouTube video link below. Click here to read archived TBB posts about the band. – David D. Robbins Jr.

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August 30, 2013 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

Daughter | Still (Video)


Daughter released a new video for the song “Still” a single off the Elena Tonra-led band’s forthcoming debut album “If You Leave”, scheduled for release via 4AD on March 18th in UK and Europe, and on April 30th in North America via Glassnote. Click here for Their Bated Breath archived posts about Daughter. Follow the band on facebook. Video directed by Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard. – David D. Robbins Jr.

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January 31, 2013 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Daughter | Youth (Live on Letterman)

London’s Daughter made its television debut last night on Late Night with David Letterman, singing “Youth” from off the band’s EP, “The Wild Youth”. I feel a bit like a proud papa, since I’ve been writing about this band for a couple of years now on this blog. It’s good to celebrate a success. Sometimes the record industry, and the media that can propel them, do get it right. This is a very talented band, with an über-talented lead singer, Elena Tonra. It’s her personal lyrics about love and loss that drive Daughter, with her bandmates setting the table with exquisite, moody ambient guitars and timely percussion. Sometimes, when bands get to bigger stages, like a large TV audience, they make the mistake of changing something crucial about the band: Playing a song in a way they normally wouldn’t or presenting a false front that has more commercial appeal. I’ve seen this many times before. In this case, Daughter remained true to itself. The band looked and sounded as they normally do. They also picked a perfect song. “Youth” has it’s quiet and subtle moments, which are a cornerstone to Daughter’s sound — and it’s a track that showcases Tonra’s wonderful lyrical songwriting gifts, “Destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time / From the perfect start to the finish line / And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones / Because most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs …” The band’s performance did Daughter justice. Listen and watch below. Click here to read archived Their Bated Breath posts about the band. Note: Photo from band’s facebook page. – David D. Robbins Jr.

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October 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

Daughter | Smother


Singer-songwriter Elena Tonra and her band Daughter have posted a song, “Smother”, from off their upcoming debut record. Up to now they’ve been dropping singles and EPs, like “The Wild Youth” and “His Young Heart”. The song, “Smother”, will also be out on 7-inch vinyl on October 1st through 4AD (UK, Europe & ROTW) & Glassnote (North America). It will come backed with a new version of “Run”. As many of you that read this blog already know, I’m a big fan of Daughter. Behind Tonra’s beautifully poetic lyrics and impassioned voice, the band has already created a number of songs that move somewhere between great and stunning. She’s a lyrical songwriter of the highest quality, and her band knows how to best accentuate her many moods. There’s a searing force behind the meek-voiced Tonra, who tends to write honest and meditative verses of anguish and love. The lyrics in “Smother” don’t disappoint: “I’m wasted, losing time / On a foolish fragile spine / I want all that is not mine / I want him but we’re not right / In the darkness I will meet my creators / And they will all agree that I’m a suffocater.” You can follow the band at facebook or read more about the group and listen to other songs from previous Their Bated Breath posts. Note: Image taken from poster featured on band’s facebook page. Lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr.

August 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm 1 comment

DAUGHTER | At Daytrotter

Daughter’s session at Daytrotter was just posted this week. Elena Tonra and Co. cover four of her songs, “Candles”, “In the Shallows”, “Tomorrow”, and “Landfill”. She’s a formidable talent, with keen songwriting skills. She has an ability to make you believe what she sings, her songs all burnished with intimacy and a fragile honesty. To read a number of archived Their Bated Breath posts about Daughter click here. This is what I wrote about the song, “Tommorrow” in a previous post: “The love in her songs is as forcible as plutonium. Sometimes it ignites like in ‘Run’ or corrodes as rusting copper like in ‘Tomorrow’. Whatever the outcome, it’s passionate and intense as tragic love always is.” This is what I wrote about “In the Shallows”: “It’s so searing — heartbreaking in its understatement.” But I think it’s the track below, “Candles”, that hits on everything great about Daughter. The power of the song rests in her beautifully poetic songwriting, a marvelous ear for melody, and her skill at translating feeling into tangibility and essence. I wrote this about “Candles” back in April of this year, “At the heart of the song is a disconnection between physical closeness and true closeness.” Follow Daughter at facebook. – David D. Robbins Jr.


Daughter “Candles” (Daytrotter Session)

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December 18, 2011 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

DAUGHTER | Home

Daughter‘s Elena Tonra is an exceptional singer-songwriter, especially when it comes to love, the pursuit of love, and its disintegration. Add “Home” to the mix that already includes marvels like “Love”, “Landfill”, and “In the Shallows”. “Home” is the opening track from her upcoming November 21st release, “The Wild Youth”. It will be a four-song EP, also featuring the songs, “Medicine”, “Youth” and “Love”, a single she released two weeks ago. “Home” is a love song sung with an equal mix of trepidation and passion. It’s interesting to note how this pulsating song builds its steady pace. Yes, there are the quickening drums, the accelerating vocals, and the sonics of the latter half of the song — but much of the steady speed comes from these tempestuous phrases, under five words each: “Now he’s moving close / My heart in my throat … / But I think he knows, / That I’ve hardly slept / Since the night he left / His body always kept / Mine inside of it / Keep the nightmares out / Give me mouth to mouth / I can’t live without you …” I’m still wrapping my head around the lyric, “Keep the nightmares out / Give me mouth to mouth”. The imagery of love and death, kissing and resuscitation makes for one of the highlights in this beautiful piece of songwriting. You can purchase tickets to see Daughter live at the following shows: December 6th at Bristol, UK, Cube Cinema; Dec. 7th at London, UK, St. Giles In The Fields; and Dec. 8th at Manchester, UK, Deaf Institute. Follow the band on twitter and facebook. – David D. Robbins Jr.

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October 3, 2011 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

DAUGHTER | Love

Elena Tonra’s band, Daughter,  have released the first track, “Love”, from an upcoming EP “The Wild Youth”. It’s a song about love and being left behind. “I can’t forget it / Though I’ve tried / I know you regret it, love / Told me so many times / But I still wonder / Why you left with her / And left me dead.” Daughter is one of the stronger relatively unheard bands I’ve posted about since I started this blog. “Love” adds another powerful track to their setlist. It’s no wonder love is the topic of their first release off “The Wild Youth”, because it’s a topic that also figured largely on “His Young Heart”. It’s quite remarkable how Tonra finds new moments of genuine heartbreak. “Love” builds with sparse, haunting guitar and echoed vocals. The poetics are beautiful as always. There’s one point during the song, where the pace quickens to a heartbeat, on this spiteful verse: “Did she make your heart beat faster than I could?” It’s splendidly inventive. Click here for previous Their Bated Breath posts about Daughter. Listen to more of the band’s music at bandcamp. You can also follow Daughter at twitter or facebook. The full tracklisting for “The Wild Youth” EP is: “Home”, “Medicine”, “Youth”, “Love”. The record is set for release on November 21st via Communion Records. You can see the band live on December 6th at Bristol, Cube Cinema; Dec. 7th at London, St. Giles In The Fields; and Dec. 8th at Manchester, Deaf Institute. – David D. Robbins Jr.


Daughter “Love”

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September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am 1 comment

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