Ex:Re, pronounced Ex Ray or even X-Ray, is the new solo project from Daughter guitarist and vocalist, Elena Tonra. Her eponymous debut is a break-up album, sort of. It existence stems from a need for an emotional release following a relationship break-up but none of the songs mention the break-up or the relationship. Features the single, ‘Romance’. LP and CD on 4AD
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I like almost one thing about the band Daughter and that is the singers voice. Amid the Instagram'd post-rock swirl of her comrades, her emotional coo stands out like something real amongst something filtered. In a move I can't quite fully work out the owner of that voice Elena Tonra has made a solo album which strips back the Daughter sound to something more minimal, more emotional and much more affecting.
She's had a break up bless her little cotton socks and she's going to tell us all about it but this is a much more taut sound than her parent band and as a result the emotional impact is much stronger. I have accused Daughter of fake heartbreak before but this shit sounds real. She's used going through the ringer to make some impactful slowcore and her lyrics hit to the heart of the matter. There's a moment in the first track 'Where the Time Went' where she stops her narrative and exclaims 'Oh God how I've missed you'. Similarly 'Crushing' is a circular piece with her voice enveloping over itself with a fantastic line 'it's a lesson of humans using machines'. She could be referring to social media, the fake over the real, the mistakes we all make on something so relatively new to our lives.
Her delivery at times suggests she has been listening to both Mark Kozelek's recent vomit-like sprawl and Cat Power's emotional narratives. On Romance she lets the words pour out over some lovely electronica. It's the musical equivalent of getting it all off your chest and it's a very effective tool.
If you love Daughter this is not different enough to put you off but if like me you never cared too much for them then this seems somehow more real, less airbrushed. It's very good.
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