“Romance is dead and done,” Elena Tonra says in her new single
Elena Tonra, lead singer and guitarist of indie folk group Daughter, recently announced her first solo project under the new moniker Ex:Re. She also released a teaser to the self-titled album with the song (and accompanying music video) “Romance.”
“Romance” is a bass-driven track with an infatuating electronic hum that is captivating when combined with Tonra’s haunting vocals. The song feels distant like the relationship she sings about, with muffled beats that sound like they’re coming from the other room at a house party. “I thought of another the whole time / who would have never stared me like that / See, he saw me as a human / This one thinks I’m a slaughterhouse,” she sings, about searching for intimacy in a stranger as a way to cope with lost love.
In a statement about the record she says:
“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.”
The album is set to be released November 30 via 4AD Records. Check out the video for “Romance”, directed by Antonia Luxem, here: