Daughter is divine.

The English buzz band definitely lived up to all the advance hype during its set on Monday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. It performed 12 songs — eight of which can be found on the 2013 full-length debut "If You Leave," while the other four hailed from the band's two most recent EPs — and each tune underscored that Daughter is one of the most exciting new bands around.

Opening with "Still," the group immediately set a dreamy, hypnotic mood that was part My Bloody Valentine and part Mazzy Star. The indie-rock music was perfectly volatile, with guitar feedback and roaring sound effects in constant battle with gorgeous vocals and supple song craft. It soothed and it agitated, often during the same song, reminding one of the great possibilities that exist in the shoegaze genre.

The stage production nicely complemented the music, with the four musicians bathed in hazy shades of purple, blue and red lights. It was understated, yet dramatic, with the colorful fog creating an effect not unlike what one might see in a low-budget '80s vampire flick.

Vocalist Elena Tonra was mesmerizing at the microphone, crooning through the lyrics of "Amsterdam," "Love" and other selections with strikingly muted emotion. Her delivery style is all about tension, hooking listeners with her words, but never really reeling them all the way in. She just lets us dangle, twisting and turning on the line, fully at her command.

It's a beautifully disorienting thing.

The impact of Tonra's vocals is heightened greatly by the music, which pulses in wildly unusual and unpredictable fashions. There's rarely a straight melody to be found — at least not the kind that we are used to hearing on planet earth — but instead a cornucopia of oddly appealing sounds shuffled together into something like a tune. That happens to some degree on the band's album, but not to the extent found in the live show, where a bowed electric guitar gives off a sound resembling a dying dinosaur's last roar and mallets pound the drums in a fashion that one might hear during a hunting expedition for antelopes.

It's all very hip. And it's all very powerful. It's Daughter, one of the most exciting new bands to come around in quite a few years.

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Remi Aguilella, Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli make up the band Daughter.
Remi Aguilella, Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli make up the band Daughter. (Stacey Hatfield/Daughter)