Written and Photos by Danielle Boise
I’ve been a fan of Daughter since the first moment I heard Youth hit the airwaves and have always gotten a thrill out of seeing them perform live. Daughter is truly all about the music, while maintaining a connection to the audience. Both the band and fans feed off each other to create a sincerely open exchange that is honest and fresh and vulnerable. Elena’s vocals are mesmerizing from the moment she starts to sing about loss, pain and love.
This concert was the last leg of their North American tour. They appeared at Atlanta’s Terminal West on Friday, April 1. Opening act, Wilsen started the night off. Wilsen (Tamisen Wilsen), used dream-like melodies to create a mellow environment with a hauntingly fragile voice. Wilsen performed Centipede, the title song from their soon-to-be released album; a song that genuinely captures Wilsen’s ethereal charm. The set included two impactful moments for me. First, when Wilsen performed Final, with heartbreaking lyrics, “They’re just a moment too soon, a second too late…” resonated with me on a deeply personal level (I tend to find myself lost in between those two moments on a constant loop). They ended their set with Garden, which was absolutely perfect. This was Wilsen’s first time performing in Atlanta and I see them returning. This is a band I can see growing deep roots.
As we waited for Daughter to take the stage, I took note how many fans traveled from neighboring states to see this show (this was one of their only southeastern dates on the Not to Disappear tour). The nineteen year-old standing next to me drove from Birmingham and admitted that it was his first concert ever. You should have seen the excitement on his face. It was so pure that it made my heart melt. While the young woman on my other side told me that she and her friends drove from Columbus earlier that day to be among the first arrive. She was giddy when she discovered that she was so close to the performers. She mentioned that there would be several points in the show where she undoubtedly would cry, especially to Numbers and Youth. That’s how Daughter affects their fans. Daughter’s setlist captured the hearts of their fans as they balanced playing songs off their new album Not to Disappear with 2013’s If You Leave.
For me, it never gets old seeing Daughter perform live. They are magic on stage and worth seeing at least once, if not twice. They put on a show full of quiet moments that transported everyone into another dimension for a few hours. Who doesn’t need an escape from reality every now and again? Daughter allowed us, as fans, to fully submerge into the music and ourselves and reconnect to the beauty of a simple moment.
If you are not familiar with Daughter, here’s a little backstory on the London-based, indie-folk trio, Daughter. They formed in 2010, releasing a string of singles, like Youth that captivated the Alternative Nation by hitting the airwaves in heavy rotation to Medicine which aired on hit television shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance?, Person of Interest and Covert Affairs. Daughter continued to release music; from several EPs, that lead to the ultimate culmination in 2013 when they finally released their first full-length album If You Leave Me – a stirring, emotionally chilling palette that drew the listener in with a slow burn. For their sophomore album, Not to Disappear, their minimalistic approach using dark undertones helped create a transcendental state. The 10-track album utilizes influences from Beach House to PJ Harvey. This allowed the band to broaden their horizon and carve out new territory for themselves a brilliantly sublime, albeit, emotionally exposed album that is hauntingly perfect.