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Elena Tonra, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Daughter, has announced details of a 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. Just finished, it's being released with equal speed.
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, "There was an urgency. I knew I couldn't live with these songs inside my head for long. If I hadn't made this record, I think I would still have a lot of false hope. You can't set a date for when you're going to be over something. But this was my way of processing a terrifying idea, the one I didn't want to address, saying that this actually is the end."
Where The Time Went 4:10
New York 5:19
Too Sad 5:27
The Dazzler 4:41
I Can't Keep You 4:17
My Heart 4:37