'13 REDUX: Emiliana Torrini

Icelandic-raised, London-based singer and songwriter Emiliana Torrini refers to her long-awaited new album Tookah (September 9, Rough Trade) as both her "graduation record" and the "journey to find my own sound." Working again with her longtime studio partner, producer and co-writer Dan Carey, Torrini, who became a mother in 2010, has downshifted a bit from the starkly etched alt-pop songs of her '08 breakout album, Me and Armini -- including her European hit "Jungle Drums" -- to a more atmospheric folk-tronica sound. Acoustic guitar lines serve as delicate sonic embroidery to Tookah's deep beds of synths and bobbing plugged-in beats, an intriguing instrumental light/dark landscape that gives Torrini's lovely, jazzy-cool vocals and intricately plotted melodies plenty of breathing space. There's a reason why the album cover evokes duality in its mirrored imagery. Even when things drift off into more arty, experimental territory -- as on the frenetic album-closing 7-minute opus "When Fever Breaks" -- Tookah exhibits a serenely spiritual, reflective quality that belies and balances the icey-hot electronics. Click through to stream the Bjork-meets-Bananarama "Speed of Dark"....

Emiliana Torrini - "Elisabet" (from the album Tookah)

Emiliana Torrini - "Speed of Dark" (from the album Tookah)

Check out this excellent interview with Emiliana Torrini at the Reyjavik Grapevine...