Daughter in concert from Bristol tonight. Since Christmas day is over – the hysteria and the expectations have come and gone. And you have either sat quietly and stared at the wall or the TV, or did a small dinner, or had a house full of friends, or did the family thing – and you are either breathing a sign of relief, passed out, nursing a big cut on your lip or smack in the middle of a rip-roaring drunk, you can probably use a dose of something soothing as a way of ironing things out. Holiday Number 2 is down; one more to go – it’s the season of The Bermuda Triangle – and if you’re pointing your browser over this page, so far – so good.
Daughter is just the thing you need right about now. A dose of luxuriant sound and hypnotic voice and songs to put it all in perspective. Not festive songs – not get-up-and-dance-your-ass-off songs, not songs to beat you over the emotional nose with a tire iron – but songs that feed the positive part – the part that depends on the solution in order to get through life, get through another day in a hackneyed and estranged world.
Daughter have been really good at doing that – and maybe all the accolades heaped on them since they made their debut in 2010 are true; that they really are one of the most unique sounds in the pop landscape today. I just don’t know if I would call them pop – it seems kind of limiting to label them any specific thing. They are a lot of things, including moody, introspective, expansive, other-worldly. Many things, not just one.
Tonight’s post is from the BBC 6 Music Festival, held last year in Bristol – part of a thoroughly enjoyable sampling of bands making a difference in contemporary music today. Daughter were a standout, in a field of standout acts.
If you aren’t familiar with them, this 20 minute slice is a great place to start – and I would urge you to investigate their albums, including their latest, Music Before The Storm, which was released in September this year.
All good music and to all a good night.