Wild Youth by Daughter

Daughter is a London-based indie folk band consisting who came onto the music scene 2010, after their first demo gained a few fans by only word-of-mouth advertising. The band consists of three members, Elena Torna, who founded the band and can be heard in the vocals, Igor Haefeli on guitar and Remi Aguilella on drums. They all come together to form a very unique sound that sets them apart from other musicians.

“Wild Youth” was released in 2011, the second EP that was released by Daughter. It contains four songs, two of which have been used in commercials or television shows, such as The Vampire Diaries. This EP was the first of which that was produced under a record label, unlike their first EP which was self-produced.

The album starts off with the track “Home”, which tells of lost, one-sided love. One is drunk and begging to be taken home and loved again, while the other no longer cares. Torna sings it with passion and emotion, making anyone who listens feel as if they are, or have been in a situation like that.

“Medicine” is a hauntingly beautiful track, which tells of addiction and loss. "It’s just irrelevant, it’s just medicine" are lines sung by Torna throughout the song, and really resonate inside of anyone who has known someone with an addiction and tried to help them through it. As someone who has dealt with many addictions in my family, they really hit the nail on the head with the meaning behind the lyrics of this song.

The third track, “Youth”, is my personal favourite from the album. This song communicates the dark messages that lie within each of Daughter’s songs brilliantly, telling of losing someone close to you and the pain that comes along with it. It shows how a little piece of you can die with the person that you love, and how much of a loss it can really be. "It was a flood that wrecked this, and you caused it" are lyrics that come up towards the end of the song, showing how you can come to resent this lifeless person as time goes on, even if it wasn’t really their fault.

The last track on the album is “Love”, may be the darkest of all the tracks on the album. The heavy instruments in the background accompanied by Torna’s soft, passionate voice create a dark and tragic song. It tells of a girl who has been left behind by a man who left her for another. The music itself portrays the emotion perfectly, rising and falling to accompany the anger and sadness in the telling of the story.

If you’re looking for something different and inspiring, or maybe just something dark to listen to, “Wild Youth” is definitely worth checking out. Packed full of emotion and incredible lyrics, you won’t regret it!

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