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With a name like Emiliani Torrini, you wouldn’t expect this artist to be Icelandic, but she is (her father is Italian and her mother is from Iceland). There’s something about much of Torrini’s music that exudes a kind of remote, chilly, and moody vibe. Torrini’s voice is consistently fragile, hardly more than a mere whisper at times; she recalls Bon Iver more than she does her female Icelandic compatriot Bjork. With a simple, unadorned arrangement of spare guitars, airy drumming, and delicate vocal expression, Torrini flutters between Bon Iver’s school of alone-in-the-woods, sublimely heartachey, quasi-folk (“Fireheads,” “Birds,” “Beggar’s Prayer”), a slight jazzy tone (“Ha Ha,” “Hold Heart”), and a downtempo, Portishead-flavored  hip-ness (“Heard it all Before,” “Gun,” “Dead Duck”).  Her breathless, sometimes child-like intonation could get tiresome, were it not for bolder, playful tracks that pick up the mood and the pace: “Me and Armini” is a lulling, reggae rhythm tune; “Big Jumps” is a sweetly innocent, buoyant confection;  and “Jungle Drum” is a mischievous, gleeful little number that will have you dancing around the kitchen.

Customer Reviews

Comfortably Familiar, Refreshingly New

Her last album, The Fisherman's Woman (2005) was a radical new sound to her previous, In The Time Of Science (1999). This time around Emiliana Torrini offers something that sits between the two, taking the best from each. Drawing from her Icelandic heritage and British context, she presents a collection of earthy, organic tunes that are textured, driven, intensely happy, upbeat, melancholic and reflective. The sound is of an artist who is creating for herself - this isn't the sound of someone pleasing record execs or seeking approval from her peers. The result is a refreshing, original and uninhibited collection that will draw you in after just a couple of listens. Standout tracks include Jungle Drum, Gun, Dead Duck and Bleeder.

I love this!

As good as her first if not better. Much more up beat. We play it to our son Phoenix who is 1 and he also loves her music.

Simply Beautiful

She has a calm, beautiful voice; she is able to capture the listener with her enticing lyrics.


Born: 16 May 1977 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An Icelandic singer/songwriter whose music embraces elements of folk, electronica, pop/rock, and trip-hop, Emiliana Torrini has earned favorable comparisons to such vocally gifted artists as Beth Hirsch, Kirsty Hawkshaw, and Björk. Torrini was raised in Kópavogur, where she worked at her father's Italian restaurant and attended opera school as a teenager. After releasing three albums in her native Iceland (Spoon, Crouçie D'où Là, and Merman), she joined forces with Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal...
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