hmv.com reviews… Daughter @ London’s Somerset House
The annual series of Somerset House gigs kicked off last night with indie folk trio Daughter, let's see how they got on...
Daughter, the indie-folk trio who hail from all the way across Europe, England, Switzerland and France to be precise.
Somerset House, the first night of their annual series of gigs at the gorgeous venue, Sam Smith, Chvrches, Bastille and Clean Bandit are among the acts booked to play there over the next nine days.
Any good supports?
D.D.Dumbo, the Australian singer-songwriter, his delicate acoustic strums fell a little flat, with the most of crowd spending his set looking at their pints or phones.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was sold-out, as all the shows are. The crowd were more respectful than anything else, quiet, attentive and full of wonderment. But then Daughter’s music is very still and sedate, no mosh pits required.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Despite the fact they've only got the one full-length effort, the trio managed to squeeze a 90-minute set out of their fairly slight back catalogue, with new songs and rarities also included in the set. They ran through almost all of their debut If You Leave (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page), including 'Candles', 'Human' and a touching 'Tomorrow', a brand new song titled 'Smoke', a skeletal, witchy beauty of a track and the always wonderful 'Smother', which was just as good. They ended the set with an orchestra powering them, it sounded lovely, especially during the closing 'Amsterdam'.
Any good between song banter?
Though they spoke between most songs, it was pretty much the opposite of banter, more shuffling apologies. Singer Elena Tonra and guitarist Igor Haefeli even told the crowd they should free feel to head to the bar while they tried out new songs, it was kind of sweet really.
Did they put on much of a show?
The gorgeous setting of Somerset House, which is lit up with blue lights, is all the show any band who plays there needs to put on.
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole thing was a joy, but ‘Candles’, with its elegance and sweeping melody, just about stole the show.
Where can I catch them next?
Daughter have got five festival dates coming up, including Beacons and Green Man in the UK. The Somerset House series continues tonight (July 11th) with Kodaline.