“Hate is spitting out each other’s mouths, but we’re still sleeping like we’re lovers.”
Wow, it’s incredible to see how quickly London’s own Daughter took off. And they damn well deserve it. Elena’s delicate yet sharp vocals can grab hold of anyone’s attention the second she opens her mouth while her backing band does an even better job at keeping everything instrumentally tight and minimal.
In the band’s new single “Still,” off of their forthcoming debut album, If You Leave (due out in March), we hear of a relationship at a very desperate point and watch it unfold on screen in their latest music video. You can’t help but become emotionally absorbed as you watch the tears stream and wonder of all of the unanswered “what ifs.”
This single and video truly solidifies the fact that I cannot wait for this full length, be sure grab your pre-order here.
When my work schedule permits, I’ll be at any of the various Philadelphia venues throughout the week catching shows. Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to make the White Rabbits/Tennis bill with one of my favorite new groups coming out of London-town as the opening act.
I gushed real hard on Daughter some months ago before their fantastic release of The Wild Youthand now, I find myself in the same boat. Union Transfer was the trio’s first stop in the States and it could not have been anymore modest (or cute). They were mysteriously soft spoken from the start, quickly lulling the audience in with their highly emotive and muted sound.
Lead singer Elena Tonra reminds me of an English version of a younger Sharon Van Etten, bursting with repressed angst that exudes raw and honest sentiment inside every single track. Do listen to a couple of the tracks below as their U.S. tour has just kicked off and I have a feeling that the rest of their stops this side of the pond will soon agree.
Just in case ANY of you were wondering, my power is back on. Good timing right? Today I broke out the hat and the gloves and pretty much waterproofed myself from head to toe. Living without electricity for 3 days I got damn rugged.
Anyways, while public-transing it earlier an amazing thing happened. The song, “Love,” by London’s Daughter (Elena Tonra) popped up on shuffle and it clearly set the musical tone for my afternoon. The lyrics are quite raw and honest, gripping emotion that sits heavy in the bottom of your stomach. She takes you there, then builds a beautiful crescendo that comes crashing down leaving you stunned and wanting more. “Love” is the fourth track off her soon-to-be-released debut EP, The Wild Youth (Nov 21.).