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Friday, August 03, 2007

Reflective music for a day off, with coffee

If you haven't heard of Emiliana Torrini, give her a listen. She grew up in Iceland, and has an Itallian mother, but sings a lot in English.

No, she doesn't sound just like Bjork. Seriously. (I kind of like a little Bjork, but a little bit of her crooning goes a LONNNG way.)

She not only has a fascinating voice, but she surrounds herself with very good accoustical guitarists, drummers, etc.

Then she has very... interesting videos put together for her.

Remember, about a lifetime ago, when the idea of musical videos was to provide the artist's visual perspective of what his or her music was about? How the good ones told a story?

Two of Emiliana Torrini's videos do that, and the music gets stuck in my head:
"Sunny Road", and
"Heartstopper". Both are done completely differently, using computer animation in the first and paste-up paper and stopped camera animation in the second.

Not to say that she hasn't done a fluff video as well--

Tamara could probably appreciate the completely fluff piece: "Unemployed In Summertime," about not really minding in the least that one is not working when the weather is fine. (And, really-- that's about all you can glean from the song/video.) (And Tamara, before you deny that you could appreciate fluff, think back real hard to some of those hair bands of the '80s you listened to. Heh.) Actually, I'm not much of a fan of that one, though.

At any rate, she's on my MP3 list. Album is Fisherman's Woman, from Rough Trade Records.

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9 Comments:

At Friday, August 03, 2007 4:41:00 PM, Blogger shooter said...

A little cross betwixt Edie Brickell and Norah Jones if you ask me. Very sweet voice, and I liked the video, too. Adding that to my iPod download list. Been listening to Diana Krall lately. Something about her deep throaty vocals gets me. She's easy on the eyes, too.

 
At Friday, August 03, 2007 7:07:00 PM, Blogger HollyB said...

Amy Winehouse too rough and Nasty for you, guys?

 
At Friday, August 03, 2007 7:44:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Who?

 
At Friday, August 03, 2007 7:48:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Okay, I've gone to check out that Winehouse chick. Hmmm. British soul music.

Hmmm...

It's eclectic, Holly. I'll give you that.

I won't discount her.

 
At Friday, August 03, 2007 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous Rabbit said...

You might listen to Laura Gifford sometime.

She's a local Dallas lady with some following. Name is her website.

I like Amy's voice, but all that ink kinda dulls the rest, Holly.

Regards,
Rabbit.

 
At Friday, August 03, 2007 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Rabbit said...

Ah crap.
Laurengifford.com

I must be oxygen deprived or something.

 
At Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:33:00 AM, Blogger HollyB said...

Rabbit,
it's her voice that I like. I couldn't care less what she looks like. Smoke and razors, yeah, give me some more of THAT!

 
At Saturday, August 04, 2007 10:40:00 AM, Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Emiliana is fantastic - she did Gollum's song from The Two Towers in the LOTR film, and she's also done some vocals for Thievery Corporation. Great singer. Love her.

 
At Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:48:00 PM, Blogger Loving Annie said...

Nice fluffy song. She has a great walk, and the happiness on her face makes you keep watching !

 

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