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Most recent release, Sweet Shadows (2003)
The overall sound is somewhat like Halou, Kym Brown, Two Loons for Tea, Lamb, or Portishead; Nathalie Walker's vocals remind me on various occasions of Dido, Sarah McLachlan, Kristy Thirsk of Rose Chronicles, Lynn Canfield in her Area and The Moon Seven Times era work, Katell Keineg
Own, occasional covers
Daughter Darling's delightful Sweet Shadows is my favourite disc of the year so far. It's totally wonderful. It has a variety of moods and flavours, but is basically moody trip hop pop, full of gorgeous, evocative vocals, interesting sounds and melodic lines. It's haunting. Kind of a combination of Halou and Two Loons for Tea. Electronic pop along the lines of oh, I don't know, Dido? Not as aching as Portishead, but like a more musically interesting Dido. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Sweet Shadows is their debut
Sweet Shadows (2003)
2003—Plain Jane Records
Highly, highly recommended
Nathalie Walker—vocals, guitar, keyboard
JD Kinder—piano on 2 tracks
Travis Fogelman, Nathalie Walker, Stephen Fogelman
This is a haunting album of dark-shaded songs made lovely by Nathalie Walker's gorgeous vocals—the album title is particularly apt. The first song, "broken bridge" introduces the sound of the album: lovely acoustic instruments (in this case, piano), gorgeous painful vocals, and touches of fascinating beats, a beautifully constructed song with enough hooks to make it catchy and enough unusual musicial twists to make it compelling. "Shattered" is just as lovely, haunting, and mournful to show that "broken bridge" isn't a one-off. With "let me speak" percussion pushes a change to more gut-level than haunting emotional tones. The following track, "Absconding", is an almost painfully yearning song. "Mermaid" follows, mixing whalesong and vocals with deep percussion beats, and a short spoken piece leads directly into the driving "Sad & lonely". The next track, "Things untold", is a quieter haunting piece which is followed by the darkest tunes one the album, "voodoo games". "You won't see me" is somewhat lighter in tone especially in its instrumentation, while "sweet shadows" seems the defining and moodiest tune on the album. The disc ends with a surprisingly fresh cover—and listenable for those of you who thought you could never bear to hear that song again—of 70s band Kansas's "dust in the wind".
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