Daughter – In the Shallows

Continuing with the female guitarist series, Daughter, originally the solo work of Elena Torna, comes from London, UK. The trio now is still a young band, started only in 2010, and releasing their first album in the coming March.

I’d say the unique rhythm of Elena’s guitar and her heartfelt lyrics attract me the most. Her acoustic session of In the Shallows is full of emotions of deep sadness. Such simple tunes but so powerful, and those tiny little variations she does in the transitions makes the song so beautifully intriguing.

While I think the folk sound of Elena’s solo is perfect to be played at a small cozy coffee shop, I hear the trio’s live at KEXP, with the more electronicised sound of the guitar and drums, creating a misty ambient with so much texture, and now I don’t know which I like more.

“And if you’re still breathing, you’re 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” sings the song Youth.


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