|Emilíana Torrini • Fisherman's Woman (2005)|
Emilíana Torrini — Fisherman's Woman
Birth name: Emilíana Torrini
Born: May 16, 1977
Also known as: Jungle Trut, Trut Le Jungle, Jungle Queen
Album release: April 26, 2005
Record Label: Rough Trade
01. Nothing Brings Me Down (3:56)
02. Sunny Road (3:05)
03. Snow (1:59)
04. Lifesaver (4:00)
05. Honeymoon Child (3:09)
06. Today Has Been OK (3:32)
07. Next Time Around (3:37)
08. Heartstopper (3:04)
09. At Least It Was (4:19)
10. Fisherman's Woman (1:51)
11. Thinking Out Loud (3:22)
12. Serenade (3:37)
Review by Zac Johnson
≡ Emiliana Torrini's 2000 debut Love in the Time of Science showcased the singer's Icelandic/Italian voice in a swirl of trip-hop beats and glossy electronica skitters, sounding precisely like Björk filtered through Roland Orzabal's refined pop eardrums. Following the sonic overload that her debuted offered, Torrini's follow-up Fisherman's Woman feels like a sigh of relief. Accompanied almost exclusively by gently strummed acoustic guitars and the soft creaking of boats on a river, her cool whispers bring to mind the charming work of Nick Drake or an impossibly sunny Mazzy Star. Warmly intimate, it almost seems as though the engineers stumbled across a wood nymph with a six-string guitar sighing gently on the banks of a tumbling brook, set up their recording equipment, and then came back an hour later to hear what they had captured. Of course it takes a lot of work to sound this effortless, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Carey (alias "Mr. Dan") took great pains to capture the acoustic setting, augmenting occasionally with a quiet piano or light percussion, but primarily allowing Torrini's breathy voice to meander through her straightforward melodies and childlike sentiments. Needless to say, the music is unquestionably beautiful in its simplicity and honesty; summery and warm, and casually intimate but with a real lasting quality. These are the songs that sneak into the listener's subconscious, lying in wait until the perfect spring day to surface in the form of a quiet hum or low whistle, sounding for all the world like a lullaby long forgotten or a folk song never written down.
≡ Dan Carey Bass, Bazouki, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Melodica, Mixing, Organ, Pedal Steel, Pedal Steel Guitar, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Tabla, Unknown Contributor Role, Wurlitzer, Wurlitzer Piano
≡ Sandy Denny Composer
≡ John Dent Mastering
≡ Keith Grant Mixing
≡ Dave Clark Howell Cover Design
≡ Julian Joseph Main Personnel, Piano
≡ Samuli Kosminen Drums, Main Personnel, Percussion, Shaker, Tabla
≡ Mark Rankin Engineer
≡ Pharoah S. Russell Drums, Main Personnel
≡ Emilíana Torrini Main Personnel, Primary Artist, Vocals
≡ Kevin Westenberg Photography
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/emilianatorrini#! © Emiliana and Lisa Hannigan sang together at Aarhus Festival (Voxhall) in Denmark, last september 1st.
Photo by Martin Dam Kristensen.
≡ Torrini grew up in Kópavogur, where, at the age of 7, she joined a choir as a soprano, until she went to opera school at the age of 15. In 1994, she became well known in Iceland after winning the song competition of junior colleges in Iceland (Icelandic: Söngkeppni framhaldsskólanna), at the age of 17, singing "I Will Survive".
Her father is Italian and her mother is Icelandic. Because of name regulations in Iceland at the time, her father Salvatore Torrini had to change his name to "Davíð Eiríksson", which also implied that Emilíana Torrini had to use the surname after her father in the traditional way; "Emilíana Torrini Davíðsdóttir". A few years later, the name regulations were changed, and she was again allowed to use her original surname.
≡ She grew up with her parents in Iceland. Her father owns and operates a well-known Italian restaurant in Iceland (Italia, located at Laugavegur 11 in Reykjavik) where she once worked as a waitress. After playing a session of gigs in London, Torrini decided to stay and live there. She has a son, who was born on 6 September 2010.
• 1994 – Spoon (Iceland only)
• 1995 – Crouçie D'où Là (Iceland only)
• 1996 – Merman (Iceland only)
• 1999 – Love in the Time of Science
• 2000 – Rarities (promo only)
• 2005 – Fisherman's Woman – UK #94
• 2008 – Me and Armini – UK #96
• 2010 – Rarities (new edition – 2 disk import)
• 2009 – Me and Armini EP
© Photo credit: Kristinn Ingvarsson © Photo credit: Joe Shepherd © Photo credit: 4x Jon Bergman © Photo credit: Retts Wood © Photo credit: Grzegorz Lepiarz at the ULU show in London - 13th March 2009 © Live in New York. Copyright Maayan Zach 2009.
|Emilíana Torrini • Fisherman's Woman (2005)|