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Daughter’s Elena Tonra to release new version of Ex:Re album

By | Published on Wednesday 17 February 2021


Daughter’s Elena Tonra has announced a return to her Ex:Re solo project, with a new version of her debut album under the name made in collaboration with the Twelve Ensemble.

Released in 2018, the ‘Ex:Re’ album found Tonra processing the end of a relationship, with the help of classical composer Josephine Stephenson and producer Fabian Prynn. This new version was recorded during a performance at Kings Place in London, specially commissioned by the venue. Featuring Stephenson on piano, Tonra was also joined by string orchestra the Twelve Ensemble.

“Working with acoustic instruments was an opportunity to add subtle, yet tangible dynamic details to highlight Elena’s words”, says Stephenson. “As the Ex:Re songs are often built from loops, I enjoyed exploring the multitude of possible variations and reinventions within these, adding counter-melodies and making small changes in harmony or voicing”.

“After touring with the Ex:Re band for a year, I knew the songs inside out, and had already started expanding and orchestrating them in my head”, she goes on. “I also felt fearless knowing I was writing for the Twelve Ensemble, who are all exceptionally talented musicians and comfortable in all sorts of genres”.

Tonra adds: “We were mixing the record while concerts and events around the world were being cancelled and postponed, so it was really moving to listen to the audio over and over during that time. The sound of a room filled with people was, and is, something we were all greatly missing”.

The new version of the album is out this Friday. Watch the video for opening track ‘Where The Time Went’ here: