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(SXSW flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Daughter perform ‘Medicine’ acoustically for Watch, Listen, Tell

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Communion signing Daughter recently performed their song ‘Medicine’ acoustically for the first time, and Watch, Listen, Tell were there to commit it to video. Watch the beautiful performance below.

Oh my god. Can Elena Tonra be any more adorable? Stay tuned for my review of Communion’s showcase on 16 March at SXSW coming up on the site this week.

 

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.

 

Live Gig Video: Bands in Transit featuring Bear’s Den and Kyla La Grange

 
By on Friday, 8th July 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Music lover? Car lover? No worries! Ford has combined the both for you. Bands In Transit is a new project in which bands perform impromptu gigs, ferried to various locations by a Ford Transit. We have here Bear’s Den performing ‘Stubborn Beast’ and Kyla La Grange (pictured above) playing ‘Been Better’ at Hackney City Farm. Watch the live videos below. For more great live videos of a similar vein, visit Bands in Transit’s official Web site. Also on the Web site is an 8-minute documentary about London’s celebrated indie label Communion Records, whose artists Pete Roe and Nathaniel Rateliff (just to name two) TGTF has featured in the past.


 
 
 

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