Artists of the week: Daughter
Daughter is an indie folk electronica band from England. What started as a solo project for the intimate compositions of singer and guitarist Elen Tonra, soon blossomed into a full project when guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella joined the band. They quickly released two atmospheric EPs in 2011 and 2012 that caught the attention of labels such as Communion and 4AD – the last one ended up releasing the following year, If You Leave, their acclaimed debut. The record mixed moments of close-up intimacy with widescreen majesty, bringing to mind the work of luminaries such as Cat Power or The xx. Due to their ethereal nature and cinematic breath, it came no surprise that a handful of their songs began to be used on movies and TV series from both sides of the Atlantic, which increased significantly their fan base.
Their recently released new LP, Not To Disappear, is a decided step forward that deepens the intricacies of their trademark sound, in the form of a beautifully distilled culmination of pungent vocals, crackled guitars and unsettling beats that never cease to reveal different layers with each listen. Bets are they will release better albums in the future, but for now, this one is a true keeper.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.