Daughter, ‘If You Leave

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Aidin Vaziri | It’s hard to figure out what inspired the current glut of British acts that trade in heavy gloom and slow-motion melodies, but they keep coming – London Grammar, Banks, Chvrches, Birdy and so on – and we’re not necessarily complaining. Leading the pack is Daughter, a moody London trio fronted by Elena Tonra, which performs Monday at the Fillmore. “Love, hunt me down/ I can’t stand to be so dead behind the eyes,” Tonra sings on the song “Touch,” as guitars melt and drums glitch in the distance. Her wish goes unfulfilled on “If You Leave,” an album consumed by bad romance and terrible circumstances. On the soaring “Youth,” she lambastes a former flame in the politest way possible; “Lifeforms” finds the singer dealing with the aftermath of an unwanted pregnancy. Guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella echo Tonra’s eternal misery, lifting her gorgeous, defeated voice with the kind of drama and power you might not expect at first blush.

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