The ever-dulcet and endearing tones of Daughter rendered light over London’s Somerset House last night as part of the infamous Summer Series. With a setting as sublime as this, the band’s mournful melancholy and heartfelt harmonies enraptured all among the prestigious building.
As the opening act to the 10-day celebration of British music, the London indie-folk trio looked almost spellbound as they played to a sold out and just as mesmerized audience. With 2013 marking the release of their debut album, If You Leave, the last year has consisted of a number of stunning live shows for them, however none as large and grand as this.
With the sun setting, a perfect backdrop was provided to accompany this delicately constructed performance. The building intricately lit up to replicate the enigmatic onstage presence of the band.
Shying their way through EP favorites such as Candles, Love and Smother, singer Elena Tonra’s fragile but mighty voice cut through the majestic venue captivating all on to her barely lit shadow. Minor sound issues meant that the band’s attention to detail was momentarily overseen by the distraction of their instruments with guitarist Igor Haefeli acknowledging to the audience “this is my friend buzz; he’s not really welcome here”. This only enhanced the band’s apparent unfamiliarity towards playing vast outdoor surroundings.
Wavering there way through album highlights, the set ended with them revealing to the audience that they’re no fans of a traditional encore. Instead offering a surprise, the end of the set saw a live orchestra accompany them onstage for beautifully extensive versions of singles Youth and Amsterdam.
Brooding and wistful, Daughter are a band more appropriate for intimate environments, however with the ambience of this evening they managed to ingenuously capture a moment of musical and locational synergy.