Emilíana Torrini - Caterpillar
It’s been a good 5 long years since Emilíana Torrini released her last album and 3 years since she had another kid but fans were finally rewarded last week with the release of the Icelandic songstress’ new long player Tookah. The track listing averages at just under two songs per year of absence (9 tracks) but I am currently 3/4 of the way through and thankfully there are no fillers thus far.
If you’re the kind of awesome person I know you are, you will enjoy this song. And if you’re rapt with Caterpillar (get it?) you can rest assured that the rest of Tookah will be right up your musical alley.
Somersault (Danger Mouse Remix)
Zero 7 feat. MF Doom
Zero 7 feat. MF Doom - Somersault (Danger Mouse Remix)
This track was featured as an Indie Shuffle song of the day a short while back and I was an instant fan after my first listen.
This track happened to slip past me when it was released in 2004 but thanks to the internet the song doesn’t have to be relegated to obscurity and we can listen to it years later in a place far away from the original recording.
As always MF Doom's signature raspy raps are packed full of clever metaphors. The guitarwork in the song reminds me of Sunnyroad by Emiliana Torrini. I think this track has the kind of appeal that transcends genre stereotypes and has the appeal to draw in people with different musical tastes.
Emiliana Torrini - Birds
Whenever you can’t get to sleep and you want nothing more than to rest, listen to this song.
The Icelandic songstress has a distinctive vocal prowess and has proven her worth with music ranging from folk ballads to trip hop; Birds falls somewhere in the middle of these two.
The song starts with a wandering riff but further in the music evolves progressively thanks to echoing effects, piano keys and even a reggae medley at one point. Birds is then taken to another level when the mood of the track lifts as if the listener is actually being taken on a flight with said subjects.
I cannot think of too many female vocalists who are as instantly likable or recognizable as Torrini. Like her international fanbase, I am also eagerly anticipating a follow up to 2008’s stunning Me And Armini album. Let’s hope there will be more music to come.
Download Birds. Lyrics below.
"Let’s stay awake and listen to the dark
Before the birds, before they all wake up
It’s the ending of a play and soon begins another
Hear the leaves applaud the wind
See the sun come rising and white wings start to fly
Like strings of pearls in the fiery sky
I don’t want to close my eyes
Don’t want to leave the stage now
As the leaves applaud our stay
Lend me your wings and teach me how to fly
Show me when it rains, the place you go to hide
And the curtains draw again and bow - another day ends
The leaves applaud the wind”