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Daughter


Country of origin:

England

Type of music generally:

Atmospheric folk-pop electronica

Status:

Most recent release, Music from Before the Storm (2017)

See also:

Daughter's site

Daughter's bamdcamp page

Comparisons:

Hard to pinpoint, but they have things in common with The Moon Seven Times, Mazzy Star, maybe even Sigur Rós a bit. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

NPR wrote, "Achingly pretty and melancholy, Daughter's music conjures a pitch-perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility." Not sure about the "hostility," but otherwise this seems a perfectly apt description to me. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


His Young Heart

Release info:

2011

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

Melancholy doesn't seem to be quite the right word for this four-track EP, neither does haunting. Moody doesn't quite fit either. But it's something in that vein, somewhere in that landscape. It's lovely, mostly acoustic, and I can listen to it on repeat without losing any interest. (JoAnn Whetsell)

One of the best albums of the year. (christina_skov@hotmail.com)


The Wild Youth

Release info:

2011

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

Another really good EP, somewhat brighter than their debut. (JoAnn Whetsell)

One of the best albums of the year. (christina_skov@hotmail.com)


If You Leave

Release info:

2013—4AD/Glassnote

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Elena Tonra
Igor Haefeli
Remi Aguilella

Produced by:

Igor Haefeli; Rodaidh McDonald co-produced tracks 1 and 9; Jolyon Thomas co-produced track 7

Comments:

Judging from last year's Daughter EPs, I would have expected much more of this album. If you want to listen to Daughter, you should just get the EPs and skip this. (raschee@gmail.com)

I love this album. It builds on the EPs (one track, "Youth" carries over from The Wild Youth) and develops their sound with even more influences. "Lifeforms" and "Tomorrow" remind me a lot of The Moon Seven Times, for instance. (JoAnn Whetsell)

One of the best albums of the year. (stjarnell@yahoo.com, christina_skov@hotmail.com)


Not to Disappear

Release info:

2016—Glassnote—GLS-0191-02

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Elena Tonra
Igor Haefeli
Remi Aguilella

Produced by:

Igor Haefeli & Nicolas Vernhes

Comments:

Subtly darker and edgier than their debut. This album keeps calling me back to it and makes me hopeful for a bright future for this group. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Music from Before the Storm

Release info:

2017—4AD—4AD0038

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

It's a little more, well, cinematic than their previous albums, with slow-build Mogwai dynamics. I think it's their best yet, maybe because main songwriter Elena Tonra was pushed out of her comfort zone in writing about a specific external character. I've gone back and started listening to their first two again and they're much better than I remembered, but I keep coming back to the new one. (bossert@suddensound.com)

I was excited to hear about a new Daughter album. Then I heard it was a video game soundtrack, and well, I wasn't so excited anymore. I didn't have any expectations for the album, not having any conception of what a video game soundtrack would sound like. Basically, it sounds like a Daughter album, a very good one. The songs are generally shorter; some are noisier. But it's a cohesive work; it all hangs together as an album. (JoAnn.Whetsell)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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