Daughter is a British shoegazing group, originally from London, England. The group is formed by the singer Elena Tonra and mixes several musical genres such as contemporary folk, dream pop and some electro sounds that give a hovering look. They are particularly spotted thanks to the success of their first album If You Leave (2013), and their title Youth.
From Irish-Italian roots, Elena Tonra grew up in Northwood, London, with her older brother, Kieran. Through her Irish grandfather, she becomes familiar with Irish traditional music from an early age. Her musical interest grows when she listens to a copy of Jeff Buckley's album Grace. Harassed at school, she "writes emotional pieces about life. " Changing schools at age 12 will have an impact on it; Since then, Tonra has written "anything that is difficult to say, even when you're an adult". "
Tonra began her musical career playing acoustic concerts under her own name in London. Haefeli will participate in one of them>. Originally from Neuchâtel, in French-speaking Switzerland, Haefeli also studied at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where he will meet Tonra during the scriptures. They start playing together, Haefeli endorsing the guitar. After a first demo, Daughter self-produced a first EP, His Young Heart, on April 20, 2011, recorded in Haefeli's dormitory. Later that year, they released another EP, The Wild Youth, on October 2 at Communion Records. BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens invites them to play the Maida Vale sessions for her show>.
Tonra and Haefeli begin to feel each other's feelings and the guitarist insists on "keeping personal life and group life apart". In 2012, members headlined a show in a 700-seat room in North London and signed with the English label 4AD.