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…

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…

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…

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) &…

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…

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…

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…

DAUGHTER | His Young Heart EP

By David D. Robbins Jr. | Their Bated Breath Daughter “His Young Heart” EP Daughter’s first official release, “His Young Heart” EP, follows the buzz of her four gorgeous demo tracks. The four new songs are just as emotionally giving and complex. On two of the tracks, feelings of love and hate turn with the…

DAUGHTER | In the Shallows

There’s something so intense about Daughter’s music. Maybe it’s Elena Tonra’s emotionally-steeped voice. Maybe it’s the lyrical poetics. Whatever it is, it’s so searing — and at times so heartbreaking in its understatement. Currently, she has a four-song EP of demos out, that you can download for free. She’s also unsigned, which astounds me as…

DAUGHTER | A Fated Love

By David D. Robbins Jr. | Their Bated Breath Daughter “Demos EP” (Download at her MySpace page) Elena Tonra (aka Daughter) wears her overflowing heart on her sleeve. It’s there in every incandescent note of her four folk-based demo tracks. You can hear it beating in her poetic lyricism. “Run” is a song about young…