Bands to Watch #236: Daughter

By on Wednesday, 1st February 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

After some singing practise and the assessment of a friend who used to be a vocal teacher, I’ve discovered that my voice is a lot sweeter than I expected or wanted it to be. I want to sound like a rock star. This, however, is not Elena Tonra’s problem and to our benefit, she is utilising her gorgeous, sweet voice in Daughter, a three-piece including Tonra’s electric guitarist boyfriend Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella.

Last year the band released 2 EPs. First out of the gate was ‘His Young Heart’ in the spring of 2011, which spawned BBC 6music playlisted track ‘Landfill’. You have not witnessed the truly beauteous side of heartbreak until you’ve heard this song, which encapsulates the sad coming to terms with the end of a relationship. Of course despair has been covered in music before…but this is abject pathos, put to a melody. It’s not until you reach the chorus that you get the whole story:

Well, this is tortuous
The electricity between the both of us
And this is dangerous
‘cause I love you so much
But I hate your guts
I want so much
But I hate your guts, I hate you…

What can hurt more than being around the person you once loved while realising the hold he has on you, that your fire for him still burns brightly, yet the current conditions force you to ignore your feelings? The genius of Daughter is taking a universal emotion – the pain of a broken love and the subsequent desperation to have what you once had – and giving it a fragile yet stunning honesty. Listen to and download the song below.

Following on the strength of ‘His Young Heart’, the band wowed festival audiences and then set about recording their next EP, ‘The Wild Youth’. This release was through Communion Records, the label that brought us Pete Roe and Nathaniel Rateliff. While ‘Landfill’ was pretty in its sparseness, ‘Love’ (free stream and download below; live performance on this previous Live Gig Video feature) and the other tracks on ‘The Wild Youth’ are more complex, leading to comparisons to Bjork and Jonsi. Being compared to those legendary artists is a great honour, but will Daughter be able to continue their momentum into 2012? The reception of their appearance at South by Southwest this March should be a good litmus test.

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