Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest

Haunting, hazy.

Elena Tonra, frontwoman of the London’s emerging folk duo Daughter, is a master of chillingly fragile tensions and contradictions.

Elena’s voice is incredibly delicate and vulnerable; yet, at the same time almost despite itself, maintains an air of strength, pure and piercing. From the amount of emotion that she effuses especially in live performance, it is clear that Elena’s lyrics are not too far from home.  As UK blog Outline Online sums Daughter’s style rather well: “dazzlingly emotive, fucked-up folk.”  

Ruminating on heartbreak, raw and expansive, Daughter is not a force to be missed.

Pick up her first EP His Young Heart on bandcamp and her newest release The Wild Youth on amazon, find her on facebook.

And now a Daughter sampling:


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
The lovers that went wrong


You could still be,
What you want to,
What you said you were,
When you met me.


Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
“You’re too old to be so shy,” he says to me so I stay the night
Just a young heart confusing my mind, but we’re both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence, like we’re in a crime scene


Oh Peter,
I can dream no more
I’ve been chasing all of yours
That I’ve forgotten what it was that I wanted
That I want


sundaes and collaborating

If your favorite artist’s songs are like scoops of ice cream, for me consuming moments when these same artists join forces and collaborate on one song is an ice cream sundae.  And I inhale the whole thing.

There is something especially magical and decidedly unique about a collaborative performance between 1, 2, 3 (the more, in my opinion the better) of the artists you love.

The energy is infectious as each performer plays off one another, allowing you to experience a completely new side of the artists that you thought you knew so well.  There is no star, no face forced to shine through; rather, the individual pieces combine to create something far greater than the sum of its parts.

Not convinced? Give these collaborations a listen:

In a passionate encore, David Bazan, William Fitzsimmons, Mariah McManus, Noah Gundersen, Abby Gundersen, and Chris Carrabba cover Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” (don’t miss from 3:29 on)

Up next, a collab including Allen Stone,  Kris Orlowski, Mychal Cohen of Campfire Ok, and some other talented folk..

Listening to this over and over, Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My” in Seattle performed by Lerin Herzer, Andrew Joslyn Hannalee, Goldfinch, Naomi Wachira, and Noah, Jonny, Abby, and Lizzy Gundersen.  The echo resonating in the Cathedral at 2:42 stops me in my tracks..

And now that since my last post you’re officially Daughter converts, brace yourself for the forces of Daughter and Ben Howard to unite and erupt, especially from 6:15 on ..

Kris Orlowski, Campfire OK, and Lemolo team up on Kris’ “Your Move.”

One last video,the perfect send-off, be prepared for chills: Bon Iver and the Staves ethereally layer lush harmonies in “re:Stacks”

Why am I so hopelessly enamored with collaborations?  I think it has something to do with the fact that I can almost picture myself as just one extra voice among many .. or an unnecessary but somehow obligatory tambourine player joining in on the side.