Super Cooper, Hollywood 03/31/2014
There’s something special about the art that Emiliana crafts. Be sure to find her previous records as they are all outstanding.
Earnest, excited, romantic, intricate, Icelandic. Album four for Torrini, who wooed many a fan with her single "Jungle Drums" and as the singer for "Gollum's Song," a standout track from Howard Shore's LOTR score pieces. People like to compare Torrini to Bjork, which is easy, lazy, and not altogether incorrect. There's a lot that separates the two artists, and some things that bind them, too: heritage, accent, vocal range. At the end of the day, though, Torrini does something more accessible, a little bit more classic in its pop roots, offering up acoustic demos of her songs on her website, baring the trad-pop bones of her occasionally otherworldly music. Initial single "Speed of Dark" swirls with warm Blade Runner synths until it opens up into a track Peter Gabriel would have killed for in 1986, albeit with a vocal melody that recalls The Purple One more than it does the Moonlit Knight. Synths aside, poke around YouTube for footage of Torrini performing these tracks live and see the material's old fashioned electro-acoustic structures that allow these songs to blossom. Interesting stuff.