On Friday, March 11th, I attended Daughter‘s (@ohdaughter on Instagram and Twitter) show at the Metro, and after dealing with the possibility of a certain political figure and his supporters appearing on my campus earlier that day, it was exactly the tranquil music environment I needed to refresh.
Daughter, consisting of members Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli, and Remi Aguilella, formed in 2010 in London. They released their first EP His Young Heart in 2011, followed by their second The Wild Youth later that same year. After signing to a label in 2012, the band recorded and released their first full album If You Leave.
Daughter is currently touring for the release of their newest album Not To Disappear that was released this past January. The album features singles “Doing The Right Thing” and “Numbers.”
Arriving at the Metro on Friday night, I was ready for a night of calm, ambient indie music, and that is exactly what I got.
Opening for Daughter was Wilsen, a “dream folk” indie band from New York whose whistling skills are incomparable. Their EP Magnolia was released in May of 2014, and recently released a single titled “Centipede.” Wilsen started off the show with an ambient sound that set the mood for the night.
Wilsen, photos by Pearl Shin
Following Wilsen was the headliner of the night, Daughter. The band came on stage and opened with their song “How” off of the new album. The crowd was packed tight inside the venue in anticipation for more new music. Every song that they performed was met with an uproar of applause and cheers from the audience.
Daughter’s sound has an interesting variety, while still maintaining its ambient indie sound. With a mix of acoustic and non-acoustic songs, the entire set was full of different styles that made me so comfortable that I found myself closing my eyes and swaying back and forth or bouncing and dancing.
Daughter, photos by Pearl Shin
Midway through the set, the band performed one of my favorites off the new album, “Doing The Right Thing.” This nearly 6-minute song bleeds with emotion, building from a simple beat up to a quicker one with heavier use of instruments, dipping back down into quiet lyrical recitations and instrumental breaks. Watch the music video for “Doing The Right Thing” below:
Near the end, Daughter ended with fan favorite “Youth.” The audience, including myself, sang along with the lyrics, reciprocating the love that the band emits through the song back again to them, singing “And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one/’Cause most of us are bitter over someone.” Following this mellow song, the band finished with “Fossa” off the new album, an upbeat, dancey (yet still dreamy and atmospheric) song to leave off on a happy note.
Daughter’s show left me feeling refreshed and calm after having a feeling of anxiety and unrest looming over me all day. A revisit of their music helps me feel this way all over again.
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