Artist Spotlight: Daughter
Indie-folk band Daughter came out of London in 2010. The trio of vocalist Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella comprise the group, who are known for soft, narrative indie-folk. The band’s two EPs, His Young Heart and Wild Youth, were both released in 2012 and provided a prelude to their first full-length. Over time, the band’s sound has transformed from soft and folk-inspired to evoking a moody, subtle sensibility evident in their polished, muted indie tracks. Their production likens to James Vincent McMorrow’s Early in the Morning, while Tonra’s hushed vocals are similar to those of The xx. This carefully curated blend draws listeners in, but the depth of Tonra’s vocal talent heavily contributes to the band’s success. Her controlled range, coupled with the narrative quality of her lyrics, drives Daughter’s intrigue. Listen to their 2013 set at KEXP Radio for proof:
Early in 2012, the band signed with record label 4AD. Their first single off of LP If You Leave, “Smother”, was released in October 2012. It was followed by “Youth” and “Human”, both released in 2013 in anticipation of their album.
In March of 2013, their first full-length was released to much critical acclaim. The album’s cohesiveness was noted in a review by Drowned In Sound: “An album as beautifully conceived as If You Leave is one you follow from start to finish, riveted by the story it weaves and the emotion it bleeds.” Following the success of their first record, which hit #16 on UK charts, Daughter supported both The National and Ben Howard on their North American tour dates.
Their next LP, Not to Disappear, will be released in January 2016. On this album, the band experiments with an edgier, more expansive sound after altering their first record during live performances. This is evident in their first two singles, which possess a driving force, prominent bass, and newfound rawness in Tonra’s vocals, all of which are lacking on If You Leave. Listen to single “Numbers”, below:
Image via Under the Radar Mag.