2013 Preview: Listen Out For – Daughter

1 Dec


After an unintentional pause in proceedings we are back up and running with our 2013 preview series. Today’s artist to Look Out For is one we not only expect to feature prominently on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list, but also to end next year as a full-on success story. It may feel like people have been talking about Daughter for some time, but that is just because the group, trio Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, have been exciting listeners pretty much from the outset, before they were even a trio.

The soundscapes they produce are cool and soothing, delicate and largely relaxed. Had they been instrumentals they would be quite at home in the home, sculpting a gentle ambiance for dinner parties across the land. Add in the lyrics though and the music takes on a different tone, a darker tone as we are treated to a poetic intensity. They are late night alone lyrics, the kind that should be written in the dead of night when the only accompanying sounds are the creak of the house and the whisper of the wind outside.

Tonra writes and sings with a startling and maddening ambiguous honesty. The tracks are often brutal in their stark imagery and open introspection yet practically no-one knows who or what they are about. She has stated previously that she sings what she knows, that the best songs she writes are the most truthful but also that everything she needs or wants to say is in the song; there’s no call for any additional explanation.

What we do know for sure is that 2013 should kick off in a big way for Daughter as they head out on their largest UK tour so far and, (whisper it) should be releasing their debut album as well. All this follows the release of their first single since signing with the legendary 4AD label, “Smother”.

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One Response to “2013 Preview: Listen Out For – Daughter”

  1. Name not supplied December 28, 2012 at 21:54 #

    I will look out for these in 2013

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