Daughter is an indie-folk/electronica trio from London. The band is centered around Londoner Elena Tonra (vocals/guitar/bass), and also features the Swiss-born Igor Haefeli (guitar/bass) and the Frenchman Remi Aguilella (drums). Since 2010, they’ve released a few singles, four EPs, and two full-length albums. They’ve achieved some mainstream success, and I knew their name, but I had never listened to them until I got a copy of their new album a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like it very much, but within a few moments, those low expectations were shattered. As a bit of trivia, the sophomore album Not To Disapear came out on January 15 of this year, which was Tonra’s 26th birthday.
The band is signed to 4AD, which isn’t the same shoegaze/dreampop-centric label that it was 20 years ago, but it’s still something to write home about. With some trepidation, I downloaded the album and clicked “play”. As I said, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this album. I haven’t been writing much lately, but I have been listening to a lot of stuff, and this is one that’s been in very heavy rotation for the last two weeks. Even with the highly anticipated new release from Basia Bulat (which I freakin’ LOVE, by the way), this is one that I can’t stay away from.
I’m reminded a bit of what made me fall in love with Sharon Van Etten a few years back (her newest record notwithstanding). But this is bigger, bolder, brighter, and sexier than even the best of SVE. In combination with that, I’m also reminded of the sexiness of The XX. And while I don’t normally care to share things that have had some mainstream success, this is one that I highly recommend. I love every song on the album, and it’s gotten multiple dozens of plays around here just in the last two weeks.
Tonight’s song is in the form of a video, which was directed by the pair of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. They’ve made one feature film, a load of short films, and a bunch of music videos. They’ve worked with Nick Cave, Scott Walker, Gil Scott-Heron and many others.
This is that song and video:
“Doing The Right Thing” by Daughter
You can buy Not To Disappear just about anywhere, and you should look for them on a North American tour this spring.