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Elena Tonra, guitarist and vocalist of Daughter, has shared “Romance,” the first single from her new solo project, Ex:Re. Her self-titled debut album under this new moniker is due out this Friday, Nov. 30, through Glassnote and 4AD.
“Romance” is both embodiment and refutation of its name. Written after the end of a relationship, the song bounds with a low electronic hum and Tonra’s quietly visceral vocals. Everything sounds distant and submerged, the way things often feel after a hefty loss. “Romance is dead and done,” she sings. “And it hits between the eyes on this side.”
In a statement, Tonra says the record is “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.”
Watch the video for “Romance” (dir. Antonia Luxem) and revisit Daughter’s 2011 Daytrotter Session below. You can preorder Ex:Re here.