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by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Daughter - Love (MP3)
Would you say you were folk? Or as the Guardian so nicely put it, 'Fucked up folk'?Glassnote Music just signed UK act Daughter and will release their Wild Youth EP later this month. You can download Wild Youth's spacious and spooky closing track, "Love," at the top of this post, or stream it below. The EP came out last November in the UK - their second release of 2011. The first was the His Young Heart EP which can be streamed in full at the bottom of this post. You can also watch video of a live performance from December below.
I know right? That's quite funny. It's difficult, because I don't know what we are. We don't really think about it at all. We're more like 'this sounds alright - let's do that.' It did start off with my solo thing for years, which was very folky and acoustic. It definitely started out that way, but with me and Igor working together and developing things, it has all gone a bit more atmospheric and, I dunno, we're just trying to experiment with what we're doing.
People have mentioned that your lyrics are dark and depressing, but do you see them as a release of emotions - which is a positive thing. The Guardian, again, said '"Youth" plumbs Ian Curtis' depths of bleakness'. I wasn't expecting you to be so friendly!
I think it's a relief that I'm actually friendly as I probably would be the most depressed person in the world. I enjoy really dark music. I love Joy Division and don't think I can really write anything happy. I don't know if that's a conscious thing or I literally can't. If I didn't write songs, I think I'd be really weird [laughs]. I'd have a lot of shit that I just couldn't get out. I'd have about 10 cats and just mutter away to myself and play the saw. It's a release of emotion and I can just be rid of bad experiences. It is a bit like therapy where bad shit has happened but if you can put it down on paper and write about it and then sing it to people, then you'll be alright. I dunno where I'm going with that! ['Sup]
Originally a solo project for UK singer-songwriter Elena Tonra, Daughter is now a proper band with electric guitarist (and Tonra's boyfriend) Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella.
Daughter is coming to SXSW this year and has scheduled a few other shows outside of Austin as well, including a few in NYC: March 9 at Mercury Lounge, March 10 at Glasslands. There's also March 8 show with venue TBD. All tour dates -- including DC and Philly shows with Tennis and White Rabbits -- are at the bottom of this post.
Daughter - "Youth" (Live from St Giles in the Fields Church)
Daughter - 2012 Tour Dates
3/6/12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer *
3/7/12 Washington DC Black Cat *
3/8/12 New York, NY TBD
3/9/12 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
3/10/12 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
3/13/12 - 3/17/12 Austin, TX SXSW Music Festival
* With Tennis and White Rabbits