A new album in January with a trilogy of videos launched today.
The angsty ambient style practiced by Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella aka Daughter will release Not To Disappear the follow up record to If You Leave in January 2016. It was recorded with with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
‘Doing The Right Thing’ is the first song from the album and keeps it close to the band’s signature sound with lyrics concerning dementia and its all-encompassing effect on the family.
The song is accompanied by a video, the first of three from filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (who directed the Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth). Author Stuart Evers was commissioned to write three short stories – ‘Dress’, ‘Window’ and ‘5,040’ – based on select Not To Disappear tracks. Iain & Jane’s videos are interpretations of those tales. ‘Doing The Right Thing’ (based on the story ‘Dress’) is the first of the visual trilogy.
1. New Ways 2. Numbers 3. Doing The Right Thing 4. How 5. Mothers 6. Alone / With You 7. No Care 8. To Belong 9. Fossa 10. Made Of Stone Digital pre-order CD/LP pre-order
A subtle rework from Hopkins' How I Live Now soundtrack.
Jon Hopkins continues his brisk pace of work this year after his Immunity album with a soundtrack for the Saoirse Ronan-featuring end of world film How I Live Now, from which we’ve already heard his Bat For Lashes collaboration.
Daughter’s music does have a dystopian foreboding bent already so on the remix of ‘Home’, Hopkins focuses on increasing the tension with subtle percussive elements. Subtle strokes. The soundtrack is mostly Hopkins’ original work and is out now.
Elena Tonra of Daughter in Derry. By Rich Gilligan
After specials from Dingle, Derry and London in the last six months, Other Voices, series 11 will start broadcasting in its entirety on RTE2 over the coming 8 weeks starting tonight at 11:20pm.
Tonight’s show will feature Luara Mvula, Palma Violets, Daughter, The Staves and George Ezra while you should look out for performances from John Grant, Villagers, Savages, Laura Marling, Little Green Cars, SOAK, Local Natives, This Is The Kit and much more. (more…)
The music of Daughter has always burned with a smouldering intensity, a brittle air of delicate musical tones which erupts into red-hot builds, charged by scornful lyrics. On their debut album, the entire running time is cast in the traumatic embers of a breakup or a breakdown and as such, the music ebbs and flows around turbulent songs.
Elena Tonra is consumed by a devastating loss, the kind that makes you view the world in dim ways. “And if you’re still breathing your the lucky ones / cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs, setting fire to our insides for fun, collecting names of the lovers that went wrong,” she says on ‘Youth’. While the dramatic lyrics can be a bit emo-dramatic at times, see the “I sometimes wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” line on ‘Smother’, the majority of the lyrics are elegant in their simplicity despite the heavy portent of ominous imagery. (more…)
There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.
Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.
In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.
Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.
When Other Voices started, it was very much in the mould of a regular TV show. Go somewhere and make the thing, record it and broadcast it at a later date. In the last few years though, the music show has made the leap into online too with live streams via RTE and The Guardian, an active socialmedia presence and a Youtube channel which hosts performances shot just days prior.
The show started in the intimate environs of St. James Church but it too has made the leap further afield in recent years. A show in New York a couple of years ago galvanised the series to spread its wings, and this year, in its eleventh season, it travelled to the UK City of Culture, Derry, last weekend and it will go to London to complete the triangle in April.
Tonight, RTE will broadcast a 2 hour special featuring the highlights from the weekend’s sets from 11pm to 1am. I was there the entire weekend reporting for the Other Voices blog and here are some of my personal highlights, in a numbered but no particular order, from the last few days.
Next weekend, Other Voices moves from its Dingle home for the first time in its 10 year life to another location on this island: Derry/Londonderry, the 2013 city of culture. From Friday 8th to 10th of February, the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Savages, Soak, Neil Hannon Daughter, Little Green Cars and Marina And The Diamonds will take to the Glassworks venue for the recording of the show. As well as that, there’s a whole lot of extra-curricular activities from 40 pub gigs (see poster below) on the Music Trail to Jim Carroll’s Banter talks.
I have tickets to giveaway to Sunday next weekend to see:
Daughter played their debut Irish gig on Saturday night. Almost a year ago, the Daughter show at Eurosonic impressed but a year later, the three-piece have molded together better. What was once atmospheric folk is now more of a mumbly take on the same sonic palette as the xx. Daughter’s hushed indie is rooted more in swelling songs and smart lyrics.
‘Still’ is more suggestive of the band’s new gel than ever before and what to expect from the debut album If You Leave. It’s sonically rich, gargantuan even paired with those plain yet evocative lyrics Tonra has penned “I wrap up my bones and leave them out of this home, out on the road”. The video is directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. Daughter are back to play Other Voices in Derry on February 10th.
One of my favourite new artists of the last year, Daughter, Elena Tonra and her band will play Button Factory on Saturday 26th of January.
Over two EPs and her recent ‘Smother’ single as well as a great Daytrotter session and a Eurosonic performance, Elena has shown that she can write slow-burning connecting folk imbued by love and loss in an uplifting and magnetic way. I’m a fan. An album is coming on 4AD next year. Tickets €15 plus fees on sale from Ticketmaster and usual outlets next Monday. Here’s a video of her on Letterman I hadn’t seen.