The ambient alt.folk trio are tipped for great things in 2013
This article is from 2012.
One daughter and two sons, this London trio will be all over the January tips-for-the-year lists with their unnervingly, transfixing model of emotionally derelict ambient alt-folk. Having spent the last few months bedding in with a handful of singles, two EPs, His Young Heart and The Wild Youth, festival appearances galore and dates opening for Beirut, Daughter are set for a big one in 2013
What’s their story?
Originally the solo pseudonym of vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Elena Tonra, Daughter became a band when guitarist Igor Haefeli and later drummer Remi Aguilella joined the fold. They’d been playing together as a three-piece for just 18 months when 4AD swooped for their signature.
Their lyrics aren’t exactly … cheery, are they?
Awash with toxic love, Tonra’s words employ a mixture of moody poetry and bloody literalism. ‘Landfill’ lays bare her double-edged affection for a guy who makes her feel like shit: ‘I want you so much/ but I hate your guts.’ On the bewitchingly beautiful ‘Youth’ Tonra proves that broken hearts are for sissies: ‘you broke my chest,’ she sings, in a deceptively sweet and mellow tone.
Goodness, she’s not had much luck with the fellas. Tell us she has at least some reliable lads in her life …
Yes indeed, a fine talented twosome in Haefeli and Aguilella, whose Explosions in the Sky-esque vapour-trail guitar lines and softly rumbling rhythms are a lesson in restrained playing – think The xx on an alt-folk tip – and give subtly ambient backing to Tonra in her full-on evocations of romantic heartache. Or chest-ache, rather.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon Jan 21.