If you’re feeling a little moody and a trifle sorry for yourself but secretly quite enjoying wallowing in self pity, Daughter is the band that should be accompanying you in your particularly masochistic episodes. The joint force of Elena Tonra’s haunting voice, Igor Haefelis’ guitar and Remi Aguilella’s percussion is Daughter, a threesome from North London.
The first EP that includes all three members is titled Wild Youth, a whirlwind of painful confrontations and harsh realities. The opening number, “Home”, is one of the more melodic tracks of the four. You’re hurled in by an elegiac bassline that introduces Tonra’s distressing musings about relationships, a relatively cynical view if I may say so. When the chorus kicks in, she tauntingly asks you to take her home, her delicate and soothing voice becoming the main build-up to quite the stomping ground of sound.
After being introduced to the record by what can be classified as an upbeat track in Tonra’s books, you’re thrown into a bleak number, one that describes someone fighting illness and being overcome by “Medicine”, the song’s title. Tonra’s beautiful voice stands out above layers of keyboard and haunting atmospherics producing a depressing but somehow gloriously therapeutic offering.
“Youth” starts with a catchy guitar riff until Tonra pierces you with her divine coo. The lyrics are intriguingly poetic and obviously heartfelt when sung through her lungs. “My eyes are damp from the words you left, ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.” They are personal but somber enough that she runs the risk of being quite gritty and aggravating if this track were just Tonra and her guitar. Yet texture and melody is added by Haefelis’ guiter and the drums, merging to form a gloriously romantic yet fragile ballad.
The final track named “Love” is just as intimate. Tonra describes being left for another girl as she sings “Oh, night of loveless love, I hope it made you feel good, knowing I adored you.” Her vocals merge with the soundscape until it is a trace in the mist of Daughter’s harmonic talent. A clapping melody creeps in towards the end, combined with a gentle oohing from Tonra and some keyboards to wrap up the EP.
You can stream the entire EP Wild Youth here:
This band is certainly something special. The one-word titles are symbolic of this EP’s content. They are relatable numbers that explore the most challenging and difficult aspects of love and relationships but they are easy to listen to and when it comes down to it, you don’t want Tonra’s voice, Haefelis’ complementary guitar and Aguilella’s drums to end. Don’t fret though, the band have another EP called His Young Heart, which packages another 4 blissfully dismal tracks.