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Jun 1, 2013This debut album by London trio Daughter will draw comparisons to The XX but there is also a trace of Lykke Li and even Mazzy Star. Like The XX Daughter utilise space as much as they do sound resulting in songs rising and falling to great effect and while the music is sparse at times with chiming guitars and rumbling beats the band secret weapon is in Elena Tonra’s haunting vocals. Her voice draws you in closer to the songs like an emotional magnet holding your complete attention as she tells tales of broken hearts. Take the lyrics to Stand out track ‘Youth’ for example ‘And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones, 'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs, Setting fire to our insides for fun, Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong.’ its breathtakingly cutting while being completely genuine at the same time, this girls been hurt before and here’s the story laid bare for all and set to beautiful music. Dark-pop, jaundiced folk whatever you decided to call it this is an assured record for a debut and one you all should actively seek out, this band is going to be big and deservedly so.… Expand
May 29, 2013Take everything that makes Florence the Machine over the top, add a little Wye Oak, and you've got yourself If You Leave. This eerie, haunting, richly atmospheric collection of songs that might not vary much in mood, but have enough emotion and great songwriting to really hold its own.
May 7, 2013If You Leave may never be a hit, but is in the shadows where this amazing album must be listened to, or at least that's what I think Tonra wants us to do. The marvelous sounds and poetry of Tonra's lyrics turn Daughter's first album in the best think I have listened to in years. This one comes from the heart, a damaged heart, and a brilliant mind. The ethereal instrumentation makes the perfect match to such a melodic voice. But it is obvious that the most remarkable thing here is the songwriting which, in the words of this mortal, makes everything a sweet mess: It's weird how we love to be so sad. To finish, I just want to say this: Elena, take my soul, I'm on my knees.… Expand