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A product of a father who was a jazz drummer and a mother who was a classical pianist, indie soul singer Nedelle Torrisi, or Nedelle, grew up playing a variety of instruments, including violin, piano, and guitar. She eventually started composing and arranging her own material, which eventually led to her Republic of Two debut, which was released in May of 2003. A album of duets with Thom Moore was released in 2004 as Nedelle & Thom, then her second solo record, From the Lion's Mouth, followed in 2005. The next year, she appeared on the Curtains' album Calamity, then in 2007 her third album, The Locksmith Cometh, was released. After the Curtains dissolved, Torrisi teamed with that band's founder, Chris Cohen, for another project, Cryptacize. They went on to release two albums, 2008's Dig That Treasure and 2009's Mythomania, before splitting. During this period and afterward, Torrisi lent her musical talents to other musicians, appearing as a contributor on albums by Xiu Xiu, Half-Handed Cloud, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, among others. She also appeared as a member of Sufjan Stevens' touring band after Cryptacize folded. Her fourth album was recorded with Kenny Gilmore, her friend from Ariel Pink's band. After a long gestation period that took two years and included a laptop lost in a Russian taxicab, Nedelle Torrisi appeared in late summer of 2013.