KEXP at CMJ 2012, Day 1: Daughter

photo by Lauren Slusher

British trio Daughter grew out of the solo project of Elena Tonra, whose initial comparatively minimal demos now take fuller shape with a whole band. Trading acoustic guitar for electric and adding guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella, Tonra has built Daughter up into a more richly produced, atmospheric project, yet it is still her voice that carries the most weight. On moody songs like “Home,” “Youth” and “Love,” Tonra sings of regret, abandonment and loss but finds an assured power in her voice, which ranges from PJ Harvey-esque ferocity to Florence + the Machine-like lyricism. While Daughter has yet to release a full LP, their two EPs (His Young Heart and The Wild Youth) and recent single, “Smother,” have brought plenty of critical attention and lured them out on the road. Earlier this month, they even made their television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Daughter’s atmospheric set, live at KEXP’s broadcast from CMJ Union in New York City during the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, tantalized fans, who with whispered along with each word. Moody and dark, but never dreary, the songs kept the crowd hushed to reverence as the band opened the broadcast.

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