Think I'm in love. This I believe is the Icelandic songbird's third British release...and it is simply beautiful. Torrini has one of the most captivating voices I have heard in years. She must be sick of these comparisons, and I'm sure it's as much to do with a shared homeland as anything else, but there are shades of Bjork in there...a certain Icelandic growl at the back of the throat...but Torrini is more gentle, more melodic, sweeter.
She sings in the moment, managing to sound both fresh and vulnerable. Just listen to Birds in the early hours, simply sublime. Her lyrics evince feelings of frailty and insecurity...but endearingly she doesn't hide these behind a tough exterior, she is a true romantic, instead she turns these observations into exquisitely turned objects of beauty, delivering each line with the delicacy and depth of watercolour on parchment. Simplicity is the key; less is more... much more. A touch of Nick Drake here, Suzanne Vega there, a passing nod at Joni Mitchell...but she is inimitably her own artist, she wears her heart on her sleeve and these songs just keep growing and growing.
The input of Dan Carey can not be overvalued here. He produced, co-wrote, and played on most of the tunes, and his delicacy of touch is a perfect compliment to Torrini. Everything restrained, understated, but handled with a deftness and surety of touch that adds layer upon layer of subtle depth. The whole album is just gorgeous!
Ignore the nay sayers who want the world to stay the same, true creativity should be unencumbered by the past...now where's that back catalogue!