Friday, March 16, 2012

Listen Up - Daughter

One of my dreams has always been to attend the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.  We've talked about going year after year (especially since my husband used to live in Austin), but haven't made it out yet.  It is always one of THE BEST places to discover great new music and technology is making it easier and easier to virtually attend many of the shows. I've been listening to some of the acts playing this year (which include Quiet Company!), and when I came across Elena Tonra's hauntingly beautiful vocals, I was completely hooked.  

Daughter is Elena Tonra and her boyfriend Igor Haefeli, both of whom hail from London. Their first EP, His Young Heart, was released in June of last year and their second record, Wild Youth, followed 4 months later (both are available on iTunes). With a soulful, moody voice that reminds me of Dolores O'Riordian of The Cranberries, Tonra casts a lovely, melancholic spell that is pure, simple and so delightful.  At the ripe old age of 21, she is beyond her years in both her songwriting and stage presence and I know we will be hearing a lot more from Daughter in 2012. My two favorite tracks from the new EP are Youth (listen below) and Medicine.  You can check them out on their Myspace page here and taken a listen to the video of Tonra singing "Run" above. Awesome, right? TGIF and have a great weekend! 


Erin said...

I never really pay attention to SXSW but I love her voice! And I heard that Fiona Apple played some new stuff at a set last week at the festival, which excites me to no end. Maybe I should've been paying attention after all?

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Theresa / InspirationCOOP said...

This is really beautiful. I kind of knew it would be when you mentioned the words soulful and moody. I need to pay more attention to SXSW. It does seem to be a great resource for new music and other topics as well.
Hope you managed to have a great weekend despite all the rain we received.

California Chic said...

@erin - I hadn't heard Fiona played too! Wow - can't wait to hear her. She did some small shows here in LA around Christmas that we couldn't make it to. I love her!

@Theresa - It is a great resource, but there are literally over 500 bands that play it. Now that it is over, I'm going to check out some of the reviews on Spin and maybe NPR to get highlights.

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