Comprised of Elena Tonra (vocals/guitar), Igor Haefeli (guitar) and Remi Aguilella (percussion), Daughter are back in Birmingham for the fifth date on their 12 date UK tour – before 10 dates in mainland Europe and an extensive North American circuit.
Daughter are touring their second studio album, Not to Disappear, which was released through 4AD on Thursday 15th January. The eagerly awaited sophomore (by us, at least) is the follow up to Daughter’s widely celebrated (by us…) debut LP, If You Leave – which introduced the London based three piece back in March 2013.
Recorded at Nicholas Vernhes’s Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn, Not to Disappear was a collaborative production between the French born/New York based producer and Daughter’s own guitarist, Igor Haefeli.
Alongside 4AD, Nicholas Vernhes has worked with labels including Kitsuné, One Little Indian and Bella Union; he has produced albums for Speedy Ortiz, The War on Drugs and Animal Collective. On their debut LP, Haefeli worked with Rodaidh McDonald – the Scottish engineer/producer known for his work with The XX and Savages.
On the supporting press release for Not to Disappear, issued by 4AD, Elena Tonra says: “Nicolas (Vernhes) was wonderful. We’d been living in London, and demoing and writing here – we’re perfectionists, pulling in different directions – so it was really beneficial to go somewhere else to record it, just for a change of scene. Working with Nicolas was a real injection of energy.”
“I’m a control freak, so it’s hard to let go,” adds Haefeli, “but I found a lot in common with him, as much in our positive sides as in our faults. He brought a quality of recording that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. And he’s just a fun person to be around.” Sounds like Christmas.
But all the ingredients of proof are eventually tasted, with the first two helpings from Not to Disappear served with rich and dark video productions. Released in September 2015, ‘Doing the Right Thing’ unfolds a heartbreaking narrative about the love and loss behind dementia. Whilst ‘Numbers’, released in November 2015, literally walks us through the isolated human endevour.
Or it’s a subtle warning to Chris de Burgh… have a stop, look, listen below:
‘Numbers’ by Daughter
Daughter playing at the O2 Institute on Wednesday 20th January – with support from Pixx. For direct gig info, visit http://go.shr.lc/1n3i1xI
Not to Disappear is released via 4AD from Friday 15th January. For more on Daughter, including online purchase points, visit http://www.4ad.com/artists/daughter
Visit the official Daughter website at http://ohdaughter.com/
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For more from the O2 Institute, including full event listings & online tickets sales, visit http://o2institutebirmingham.co.uk/