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Oh here we go again, another load of misery guts Londoners. My initial impression with records like this is that this is ‘sadness’ on tap...as if being sad and tortured is career move and this at its worst it sits exactly at the midpoint of Coldplay, The xx and Dido. There is a lot to worry about with this record but the singer does have a lovely voice, it’s a shame it cracks so ...

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If You Leave by Daughter
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 March 2013

Oh here we go again, another load of misery guts Londoners. My initial impression with records like this is that this is ‘sadness’ on tap...as if being sad and tortured is career move and this at its worst it sits exactly at the midpoint of Coldplay, The xx and Dido. There is a lot to worry about with this record but the singer does have a lovely voice, it’s a shame it cracks so much like the lady from The xx’s voice does. The timbre of the voice recalls Bat For Lashes but the musical accompaniment suggests they’ve listened to ‘post-rock’, taking the atmospherics from the like of Sigur Ros but blanding it out even more.

Opener ‘Winter’ though suggests something more, some nice atmospheric guitar loops and thumping drums - just when it gets going it breaks down - everyone has to have an atmospheric breakdown these days - I lay the blame firmly at the door of U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ for this irritating production tick. But the song is great, a swirling cacophony of sound. ‘Smother’ is a blanched out xx - it’s nice but feels a little like a by numbers post-60-hour-week-in-the-call-centre weep fest.

There is nothing necessarily ‘wrong’ with the music here, the guitars are nice, she can sing pretty well. It’s just so safe and careful. I once watched Lanterns On The Lake turn a room of people into jelly whilst I stood completely unmoved. This band are similar, taking post-rock atmospherics but marrying it to a more conventional songcraft that is perfectly valid but seems too measured, too knowing to tug at a heartstring.


10/10 HaZ Customer review, 23rd July 2013

Well hey, I ain't used to this! Pardon me if you don't get what I'm trying to say. hahaha. 

Here it is:

Upon hearing this record as a recommendation from one of my closest friends, I had a rough idea it was gonna sound mellow and filled with a bunch of music echoes. In fact, it definitely is!

Much to my liking, this band provides a sort of comfort to a listener; understanding ones raw emotions through the way Elena Tonra (singer) depicts in her choice of lyrical muse and music - it's the kind of music where you're either going through a break-up or in a desperate need to be held by someone, a loved one or a family member, to tell you that you're safe and sound.

Her vocals are alarmingly sweet, backed with heavy accented drumming as heard in 'Youth' and cautiously filled with interesting rhythmic ringing of guitars chords.

To be honest, I like to listen to the album on rainy days or just chilling in my bed, drinking tea or travelling on the road. Perfect music xx




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