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New Music Thursday highlights the band, Daughter.
Daughter is an English indie folk band originating from London in 2010. Originally the solo work of Elena Tonra, they are now a trio with the addition of guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella. After releasing three EPs in 2010 and 2011, they were signed by 4AD and released their first full-length album, If You Leave, in March 2013.
The trio met at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. After their first demo started word of mouth on the band, Daughter self-released their debut EP, His Young Heart, on April 20, 2011. Later that same year, they released another EP, The Wild Youth, on October 2 through artist-led Communion Records. The latter EP earned praise from British website For Folk’s Sake who described Daughter as “one of the most unique sounds in the pop landscape today.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens also invited them to perform a Maida Vale Session for his show.
In 2012, shortly after headlining a 700-capacity show at the Assembly Hall in North London, Daughter announce their signing to prestigious UK label 4AD. Speaking of this, Elena commented “we couldn’t be happier to be working with 4AD, a label that has released so many inspirational records and whose ethos we hold in very high regard. It really is a privilege.” Their first single proper, “Smother”, was released in October of that year. It was playlisted by both BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, while being awarded Single of the Week by long-time supporter Huw Stephens.
The band released their debut album, If You Leave, in March 2013 (May in North America). Charting at Number 16 in the UK, it was also received favourably in the press; “An album as beautifully conceived as If You Leave is one you follow from start to finish, riveted by the story it weaves and the emotion it bleeds. And in these digital days that feels like a remarkable achievement” Drowned In Sound said in their 9/10 review, while The Fly in a 4/5 album review said that it’s “word-in-the-ear intimate and mountain-range massive.”