Exclusive: Watch Daughter's beautiful one-take video for 'All I Wanted'

Christopher Hooton
Thursday 19 April 2018 12:18
Comments

Today we bring you a mellifluous live version of Daughter's 'All I Wanted', which sees frontwoman Elena Tonra joined by string and vocal quartets in the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London.

The lush arrangement was composed by Josephine Stephenson, unexpected and discordant high notes piercing the tension between Tonra's casual "yeah"s on the chorus.

Shot in one-take by director Simon Lane, the video sees heavenly light bursting through the chapel windows, the camera orbiting Tonra and her musicians, roving the space like in a late Terrence Malick film.

Written, recorded and produced by Tonra, the original version of ‘All I Wanted’ was included in Daughter’s soundtrack to the video game Life Is Strange: Before The Storm.

“Josephine’s arrangement is stunning, it tells the story of the original song in a way that I couldn’t have ever put into words,” Tonra explains. “When she sent me the first demo of her arrangement I was so emotional listening to it. It’s wonderful hearing one of your own songs reimagined in such a perfect way. It was also a treat to work with Simon Lane. It was shot live in one take, which I think really heightens the drama in it. There is an edge to the performance when you know that if something goes wrong you have to go back to the start and reset… luckily nothing went wrong at all!”

Josephine Stephenson commented: “I was really lucky that Elena basically gave me free rein. We knew we wanted an intimate setting, and because of the nature of the original song, which has as sole accompaniment multiple layers of bass and guitar, it felt right to go with a string quartet. I quickly decided to forgo one of the violins and replace it with a second cello, to keep the attractive 'low-end heavy’-ness of the track. Once those decisions were made, it all came very naturally: I stayed close to the original material while also enriching it with what those instruments have to offer in terms of expression and timbre, and extending the song’s harmony ever so slightly here and there to fit this new version. The arrangement also features a mini-choir of four providing the song’s backing vocals. I feel very fortunate to have been joined by excellent musicians on this project. It was a good day.”

Music from Before The Storm is getting an official vinyl release as part of Record Store Day on 21 April, 2018.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in