While her band Daughter played with intimate atmospherics and expansive soundscapes, singer/songwriter Elena Tonra turned further inward on her introspective Ex:Re project. Though the music remains in a similar sphere as Daughter -- especially in their shared love of the xx -- Ex:Re also incorporates the delicacy of Bat for Lashes, the pained beauty of Cat Power, and the ambient exploration of Radiohead.
After releasing three critically lauded sets with Daughter in the 2010s, Tonra announced the project in 2018, issuing the melancholic self-titled debut that November on 4AD. Written after a tough breakup, Ex:Re (which means "Regarding Ex") acts as both therapeutic closure and an outlet for Tonra to purge emotions, crafted with engineer/producer Fabian Prynn and cellist Josephine Stephenson. ~ Neil Z. Yeung