Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2019 No. 9
See also Live at Hoxton Hall EP (Rough Trade vinyl exclusive)
Elena Tonra, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Daughter releases her solo project under Ex:Re. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Limited Blue Vinyl with Download and Bonus CD. This is the only Colored Vinyl Version available.
Elena Tonra, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Daughter with her solo project. Running parallel to Daughter, she’s assumed the pseudonym Ex:Re (pronounced ex ray) for her eponymously-titled debut solo album, a deeply personal record that was made with both a sense of urgency and a cathartic need.
Tonra’s candid solo songs document the time after a relationship ended and are written like unsent letters to herself and others. Taking on a creative moniker, she chose Ex:Re to mean ‘regarding ex’ and also X-Ray as a way to look inside and see what is really there. Writing took a year but the recording process lasted mere months, turning to Fabian Prynn (4AD’s in-house engineer and producer) and composer Josephine Stephenson on cello to help bring Ex:Re to life.
Elena said of the album, “Although the record is written for someone, a lot of the time it’s about the space without that person in it. In every scenario, there's either the person in memory or the noticeable absence of that person in the present moment. I suppose it is a break-up record, however I do not talk about the relationship at all, and he hardly features in the scenes. He is only felt as a ghostly presence.”
LP - Black Vinyl with Download and Bonus CD.
LP+ - Rough Trade Exclusive Limited Blue Vinyl with Download and Bonus CD. This is the only Colored Vinyl Version available.