Daughter #3 - Smother

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One of the my most anticipated future releases (and I'm sure for countless others too) is the debut Daughter album, Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli & Remi Aguilella have had a (on the surface) quiet 2012 so far, playing a mere handful of dates and seemingly readying the aforementioned LP for their new label 4AD. Earlier this week though, we were treated to the first fruits of their labour, the haunting "Smother", due for release as a limited 7" on October 1st backed with a re-working of one the tracks that started my love affair with the beguiling talents of Ms Tonra, "Run"...

"Smother" instantly takes its place alongside Daughter's already impressive collection of intimate and atmospheric tracks, akin to the confessional, heartbreaking power of earlier track "Love", the slow building "Smother" tugs at your heart strings with its vulnerable guitar lines, ambient electronic washes and rumbling percussion as Elena's poetic song craft and hush ethereal whispers cause goosebumps to the listener. Tortured, bruised and oh, so beautiful. I cannot wait for more.

A new show was also announced this week, Daughter will play their biggest headline show yet at London's Hackney Empire on January 24 next year - tickets.