Posts tagged ‘Daughter’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)