Release Date: Nov 30, 2018
Record label: Glassnote Entertainment Group
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
‘Ex:Re’, the debut album from Daughter singer Elena Tonra's new solo project of the same name, is a breakup record. "It was the end of a relationship, and there was no way to undo it. The moment I realised it wasn't going to be resolved the way I thought it was was also the moment I realised I should write about it," she says. Lyrically, it's a scattered series of ruminations on the end of an era, with anger, guilt and sadness all permeating its fabric.
While Daughter began as the solo project of singer/guitarist Elena Tonra, following two proper studio albums and a video game soundtrack with her band, she emerged in 2018 with the eponymous Ex:Re, her solo recording debut. Although Daughter is known for its elegant, brooding ruminations, some of Ex:Re's productions are even sparer, as evidenced by the album's first track, "Where the Time Went. " It consists of only Tonra's hushed, brittle vocals, a repeated monophonic guitar line, and occasional gossamer touches of cello, hand drums, or additional electric guitar.
"Did I ever show you that book he made me?" If you're looking for an audio pick me up this winter season, turn away now. However, if you're the sorta soul who likes to wallow in all the complexities of human nature and the pain we cause each over, grab a baggy jumper and prepare for a treat. For the past six odd years, 4AD's Daughter has made a name for themselves with their brand of melancholic indie folk.