Emilíana Torrini

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Emilíana Torrini
Emilíana Torrini at Het Paradiso Amsterdam.jpg
Torrini performing at Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2009
Background information
Birth name Emilíana Torrini
Born (1977-05-16) 16 May 1977 (age 36)
Origin Iceland
Genres Indie pop, alternative rock, trip hop, electronica
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1994–present
Labels Rough Trade Records
Associated acts GusGus, Kylie Minogue, Sneaker Pimps, Björk
Website emilianatorrini.com
Torrini at the Orange Music Experience Festival, Fisherman's Woman tour, Haifa, Israel, 2005-06-28

Emilíana Torrini (born 16 May 1977) is an Icelandic singer, best known for her 2009 single "Jungle Drum" of the 2009 record Me and Armini, 1999 album Love in the Time of Science and for performing "Gollum's Song" for Peter Jackson's film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Early life[edit]

Torrini grew up in Kópavogur, where, at the age of seven, she joined a choir as a soprano, until she went to opera school at the age of 15. 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,[1] and she was again allowed to use her original surname.[2][3]

Torrini grew up with her parents in Iceland. Her father owned and operated a well-known Italian restaurant in Iceland (Italia, located in Reykjavík) .[citation needed] After being discovered singing in a restaurant in Iceland by Derek Birkett, the owner of One Little Indian Records, he subsequently asked her over to London to write a record. Torrini decided to stay and live there. She has a son, who was born on 6 September 2010.

Collaborations[edit]

She has been a member of Icelandic artist group GusGus, and contributed vocals to several songs on their debut Polydistortion (1997), most notably "Why" She co-wrote Kylie Minogue’s "Slow" and "Someday" from her Body Language album in 2003. She also produced "Slow" along with Dan Carey; the two were nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy Award in 2005 for their work on the track. Prior to these, she contributed vocals to songs on Thievery Corporation's 2002 record The Richest Man in Babylon and was credited with composing the songs "Resolution", "Until The Morning", and "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes" from that album. Also in 2002, Torrini sang vocals on Paul Oakenfold's song "Hold Your Hand" taken from his Bunkka album.[4]

Tookah[edit]

On June 3, 2013[5] Emiliana revealed to fans that she is expected to release her new album on September 9, 2013 in the UK. The album will be released in Ireland,[6] Iceland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on September 6, 2013. The new LP is titled Tookah. Torrini will play a number of music festivals in the lead up to the album's release in Russia and Budapest. The first single is to be released late summer 2013 and the music video is expected to be directed by Brazilian director Guilherme Marcondes.[7] The album will be released by Rough Trade and produced by Dan Carey. The album will feature songs "Elísabet" and "History of Horses".

On July 29, 2013 Emiliana revealed the radio edition of a new track "Speed of Dark".[8] Three additional tracks were also revealed allowing fans to stream[9] these include "Autumn Sun", "Animal Games" and "Tookah".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
ISL AUS AUT
[10]
BE (FL)
[11]
BE (WA)
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
NLD
[15]
SWI
[16]
UK
Crouçie D'où Là
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
Merman
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
Love in the Time of Science
Rarities
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Promo only
Fisherman's Woman 98 97 67 64 73 94
[17]
Me and Armini
  • Released: 8 September 2008
  • Label: Rough Trade
32 56 56 19 94 71 96
[18]
Rarities
  • Released: 20 September 2010[19]
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • New edition – 2 disks
Tookah
  • Released: 6 September 2013
  • Label: Rough Trade
69 42 44 51 91 36 86
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Album details Main artist
Spoon
  • Released: 1994
  • Iceland only
Spoon

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
ICL AUS AUT
[10]
BE (FL)
[11]
BE (WA)
[12]
FIN
[20]
GER
[14]
NLD
[15]
SWI
[16]
UK
[21]
"Dead Things" 1999 Love in the Time of Science
"Baby Blue"
"To Be Free" 1
"Easy" 2001 63
"Unemployed in Summertime" 63
"To Be Free" (reissue) 44
"Lifesaver" 2004 46 Fisherman's Woman
"Sunnyroad" 2005
"Heartstopper" 40
"Me and Armini" 2008 5 Me and Armini
"Big Jumps" 8
"Jungle Drum" 2009 1 84 1 1 45 5 1 57 11
"Speed of Dark" 2013 6 Tookah
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in given territory.

Other charting tracks[edit]

Year Song ICL Album
2004 "White Rabbit" 34 featured on various compilations
"Stephanie Says" 47 Merman
"Chelsea Morning" 50
2005 "The Boy Who Giggled So Sweet" 36
"Blame It on the Sun" 69
"Someone Knows" (remix) (with Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson) 41 featured on various compilations
"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" 84
"Tvær stjörnur" 85
2006 "Nothing Brings Me Down" 41 Fisherman's Woman
"Today Has Been OK" 47
"Snow" 51
"Thinking Out Loud" 56
"Serenade" 57
"Next Time Around" 59
"Honeymoon Child" 60
"At Least It Was" 63
"Crazy Love" 49 Crouçie d'où là
"I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You" 62 Merman

Collaborations[edit]

Songs on compilations[edit]

  • 1994 – "Frank Mills" (Hárið)
  • 1996 – "Candy Man" (Sprelllifandi)
  • 1996 – "Lay Down" (Stone Free, cover of Melanie Safka's song "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)")
  • 1996 – "Ruby Tuesday" (Stone Free, The Rolling Stones cover)
  • 1996 – "White Rabbit" (Stone Free, Jefferson Airplane cover)
  • 1996 – "Sound of Silence" (Stone Free, cover of "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 1997 – "Heaven Knows" (Veðmálið, with Björn Jörundur)
  • 1997 – "Io e te" (Veðmálið)
  • 1997 – "Leigubíll" (Veðmálið, with Kanada)
  • 1997 – "Perlur og svín" (Veðmálið)
  • 1997 – "Tvær stjörnur" (Megasarlög)
  • 2002 – "If You Go Away" (Pumpkin soundtrack)
  • 2002 – "Summerbreeze" ( Mark Abis cover ) Musique de Nuit Vol 5 – Compilation, Virgin/Labels France (2000) Meter Sessies Vol 10 – Compilation, Universal Holland (2001) Chilled – Compilation, Hot Tickets/Associated Newspapers Ltd (2002) The Late Lounge – Compilation, Jazz FM Records (2002) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (2003 Original Soundtrack release)
  • "To Be Free" Crazy/Beautiful soundtrack
  • 2005 – "Sunnyroad" (Live) (Other Voices CD3)
  • 2011 – "White Rabbit" Sucker Punch soundtrack

References[edit]

  1. ^ Information on Icelandic Surnames
  2. ^ Excerpt in fan forum from an interview by Mark Radcliffe at BBC, 17 January 2005
  3. ^ Icelandic names
  4. ^ "Paul Oakenfold Feat. Emiliana Torrini – Hold Your Hand". YouTube. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  5. ^ http://www.emilianafans.com/en/news/news-2013-06-14-we-have-listened-to-tookah-new-emiliana-torrini-album-574.html
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/tookah/id669116796?affId=2051895&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
  7. ^ http://www.emilianafans.com/en/news/news-2013-06-13-a-video-clip-in-the-making-for-emiliana-torrini-new-album-tookah-570.html
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ytqvkWCpZf4
  9. ^ https://soundcloud.com/emilianatorrini/sets/tookah-clips
  10. ^ a b "Emilíana Torrini – Me and Armini" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Emilíana Torrini – Tookah" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Emilíana Torrini – Tookah" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Emilíana Torrini – Tookah" (in French). Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Chart positions in Germany:
  15. ^ a b "Emilíana Torrini – Tookah". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Emilíana Torrini – Me and Armini" (in German). Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Zobbel (2007-06-16). "Chart Log UK". Zobbel. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  18. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 20 September 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (369): 5–8. 
  19. ^ "Rarities by Emilíana Torrini". iTunes. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Emilíana Torrini - Tookah". FinnishCharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 562. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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