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Daughter — Music From Before The Storm (1st Sept. 2017) ♠♠♠ EDITORS’ NOTES: “Glass”—the opening track here — is a horizon~broadening statement, serving notice of the Londoners’ significant progression. That it breathes life into the band’s soundtrack for a video game (Life is Strange: Before the Storm) rather than a third LP also underlines Daughter’s consistency. This is no phoned~in, between~albums obligation: it’s a thoughtful body of work true to its tortured source material. The band toggle between their two exquisite settings: gossamer light and haunting (“Hope,” “All I Wanted”), and powerful and vengeful (“Burn It Down,” “Flaws”). © LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — MARCH 19: Igor Haefeli, Elena Tonra and Remi Aguilella of Daughter pose for a photo backstage at Rough Trade at Rough Trade East on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo credit: Caitlin Mogridge/Redferns via Getty Images)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Album release: 1st September 2017
Record Label: 4AD / GLASSNOTE
01 Glass 4:16
02 Burn it Down 3:12
03 Flaws 2:53
04 Hope 4:23
05 The Right Way Around 2:41
06 Witches 3:06
07 Departure 4:16
08 All I Wanted 3:22
09 I Can’t Live Here Anymore 5:39
10 Dreams of William 4:20
11 Improve 2:02
12 Voices 2:10
13 A Hole in the Earth 4:42
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♠ Elena Tonra (vocals, guitar),
♠ Igor Haefeli (guitar) and
♠ Remi Aguilella (percussion).♠♠♠ Today, award~winning London trio Daughter has released Music from Before the Storm, an original musical score with Square Enix’s highly anticipated new game Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. Created in London earlier this year, this is Daughter’s first experience working on an original soundtrack.
♠♠♠ Before The Storm is the prequel to Life Is Strange, the hugely successful BAFTA award~winning narrative driven game released in 2015. It was a boundary~breaking video game, with principal characters drawn from real life facing everyday issues, touching upon difficult situations such as bullying, suicide, teen pregnancy as well as tackling the complexities of love and friendship. The original game was celebrated for the strength of its music, and Daughter’s involvement in the next instalment is a brilliant continuation in the franchise’s development.
♠♠♠ Lead by first single ‘Burn It Down’ earlier this month, Daughter’s announcement brought together their devoted following with a whole new set of fans from the Life Is Strange games community excited to learn of the unique collaboration. Soon after the band released a behind~the~scenes video feature that explained the scoring process, their immediate connection to the game’s lead characters and how it all came together.
♠♠♠ “Daughter get set to release what I think is its best album yet.” — Robin Hilton, NPR All Songs Considered
♠♠♠ “An intense, dramatic vision.” — DIY
♠♠♠ “An incredibly powerful number.” — Gigwise
♠♠♠ “It’s an imposing offering: crunching guitar chords, and one of Elena Tonra’s most concise performances to date.” — Clash
♠♠♠ “They do what they do best: balance soothing vocals and intense lyrics to create a powerful tune.” — NYLON
♠♠♠ “The rousing track signals a massive leap for the band, but also suggests a score that will be unlike anything else in the video game world.” — Billboard
♠♠♠ “An urgent arrangement that not only channels the tone of the video game but also sees the usually folk rock~infused Daughter folding in textures of electronic~based music.” — Consequence Of Sound
♠♠♠ “The melody is carried by sweeping strings and a piercing bear, with haunting effects applied to Tonra’s vocals.” — Baeble
By Will Richards on 1st September 2017
We chat to Elena and Igor about penning their first video game soundtrack.
★≡≡★ Daughter release ’Music From Before The Storm’, their soundtrack to the second edition of new video game ‘Life Is Strange’. Previewed with dark, brilliant first single ‘Burn It Down’, the collection is a sprawling, mostly~instrumental fifty minutes that incorporates some of the trio’s darkest forages to date.
★≡≡★ Coming ahead of shows with The National and work on the follow~up to last year’s five star~rated second LP ‘Not To Disappear’, ‘Music From Before The Storm’ is a brilliant, refreshing side~step from Daughter, and shows them to be as affecting as ever.
So, how did you come to write your first soundtrack?
★≡≡★ Elena (vocals, guitar): We were approached, and didn’t really know anything about Life Is Strange, so we researched and were really intrigued and thought it looked really beautiful visually, and the story and concept was really fascinating — to have a reality~based narrative where your actions affect the outcome in a very real way.
Was it strange working with other people outside your comfort zone?
★≡≡★ Elena: It was! It was great because we were writing towards something else apart from ourselves for the first time.
★≡≡★ Igor (guitar): We came in with an open mind, and they were very trusting and really let us do our thing. They made sure we knew that Chloe [Life Is Strange’s main character] was a loud character, so the tone needed to match that, and it meant it was some of the heaviest stuff we’ve written.
Your music is so personal — was it natural to write from the perspective of a video game character?
★≡≡★ Elena: When I was reading the script, it felt the same as when you relate to a character in a book you’re reading — I really related to the slightly nostalgic quality to some of the things she feels and does. It seems more fictional because it’s a video game, but for me you still find these characters relatable, and that connection is a really beautiful thing. ★≡≡★ http://diymag.com/
Label: http://4ad.com/ © In a Livestream Q&A, Elena mentioned that the Fender Cabronita was her new favorite guitar. The tone from the toaster pickups was perfect for Daughter’s music. Kenny Chung
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