Emiliana Torrini

Emiliana Torrini

Born: May 16, 1977
Age: 43
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Emilíana Torrini
Torrini performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEmilíana Torrini Davíðsdóttir
Born (1977-05-16) 16 May 1977 (age 41)
Iceland
OriginKópavogur, Iceland
Genres
  • Indie pop
  • alternative rock
  • trip hop
  • electronica
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994-present
LabelsRough Trade Records
Associated acts
WebsiteEmilianaTorrini.com

Emilíana Torrini (born 16 May 1977), is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is best known for her 1999 album Love in the Time of Science, her performance of "Gollum's Song" for the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and her 2009 single "Jungle Drum".

Emilíana was born in Iceland, where she grew up in Kópavogur. 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, Salvatore Torrini, is Italian (from Naples), while her mother, Anna Stella Snorradóttir, is Icelandic. Because of name regulations in Iceland at the time, her father had to change his name to "Davíð Eiríksson", which also meant that Emilíana had to use the surname after her father in the traditional way. A few years later, the name regulations were changed,[1] and she was again allowed to use her original surname.[2][3] After being discovered singing in a restaurant in Iceland by Derek Birkett, the owner of One Little Indian Records, Emilíana was asked to visit London to record a song. She decided to stay in London.[citation needed]

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Career

Torrini performing in June 2005

Emilíana 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, Emilíana contributed vocals to songs on Thievery Corporation's 2002 album 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, she sang vocals on Paul Oakenfold's song "Hold Your Hand" taken from his Bunkka album.[4]

On 3 June 2013,[5] Emilíana revealed to fans that she would release her new album on 9 September 2013 in the UK. The album was released in Ireland,[6] Iceland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on 6 September 2013. The new LP is titled Tookah. Emilíana will play a number of music festivals in the lead up to the album's release in Russia and Budapest.

On 29 July 2013, Emilíana revealed the radio edition of a new track "Speed of Dark".[7] Three additional tracks were also revealed allowing fans to stream[8] these include "Autumn Sun", "Animal Games", and "Tookah".

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
ISL AUS AUT
[9]
BE (FL)
[10]
BE (WA)
[11]
FRA
[12]
GER
[13]
NLD
[14]
SWI
[15]
UK
Crouçie d'où là
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
Merman
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
Love in the Time of Science
  • Released: 22 November 1999
  • Label: One Little Indian
Rarities
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Promo only
Fisherman's Woman
  • Released: 31 January 2005
  • Label: Rough Trade
98 97 67 64 73 94
[16]
Me and Armini
  • Released: 8 September 2008
  • Label: Rough Trade
32 56 56 19 94 71 96
[17]
Rarities
  • Released: 20 September 2010[18]
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • New edition - 2 disks
Tookah
  • Released: 6 September 2013
  • Label: Rough Trade
69 42 44 51 91 36 86
The Colorist & Emilíana Torrini
(with The Colorist Orchestra)
  • Released: 9 December 2016
  • Label: Rough Trade/Konkurrent
86
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Album details Main artist
Spoon
  • Released: 1994
  • Iceland only
Spoon
Music To Draw To: Satellite
  • Released: 20 January 2017
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
Kid Koala

EPs

  • 2009 - Me and Armini EP

Singles

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
ICL AUS AUT
[9]
BE (FL)
[10]
BE (WA)
[11]
FIN
[19]
GER
[13]
NLD
[14]
SWI
[15]
SPA
UK
[20]
"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" 44
"Lifesaver" 2004 46 Fisherman's Woman
"Sunnyroad" 2005 82
"Heartstopper" 40 126
"Me and Armini" 2008 5 Me and Armini
"Big Jumps" 8
"Jungle Drum" 2009 1 84 1 1 55 5 1 57 11 14
"Speed of Dark" 2013 6 81 Tookah
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in given territory.

Other charting tracks

Year Song ICL Album
2004 "White Rabbit" 34
"Stephanie Says" 47 Merman
"Chelsea Morning" 50
2005 "The Boy Who Giggled So Sweet" 36
"Blame It on the Sun" 69
"Someone Knows" 41
"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

Torrini contributed vocals on all tracks, otherwise noted.

  • 1995 - "Vanishing" with LHOOQ (Jóhann Jóhannsson, *1969), Volume 15 - Technology Alert! (Sampler)
  • 1996 - "7-Up Days" with Slowblow, Fousque
  • 1996? - "Flirt" as Emilíönu with Slowblow
  • 1997 - "Asking for Love" with Jóhann G. Jóhannsson (1947-2013), Asking for Love[21]
  • 1997 - "Is Jesus Your Pal?" with GusGus, Polydistortion
  • 1997 - "Why?" with GusGus, Polydistortion
  • 1999 - "Come Out" and "Love in the Time of Science" with Dip, Hi-Camp Meets Lo-Fi
  • 2000 - "Heaven Knows" with Luxus, Have a Nice Trip
  • 2001 - "101 Reykjavík Theme", remixed by Emilíana Torrini (no vocals) for 101 Reykjavík Soundtrack
  • 2002 - "Absolutely No Point in Anything Anymore" with Cheapglue, Sexy Horses
  • 2002 - "Hold Your Hand" with Paul Oakenfold, Bunkka
  • 2002 - "Weebles Fall" with Slovo, Nommo[22]
  • 2002 - "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes" and "Until the Morning" with Thievery Corporation, The Richest Man in Babylon
  • 2002 - "Gollum's Song" for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Soundtrack
  • 2003 - "Slow" and "Someday", co-written and "Slow" also co-produced for Kylie Minogue, Body Language
  • 2003 - "Soul on Fire", co-written for Kylie Minogue, "Slow" single
  • 2005 - "Thinking Out Loud" with Sneaker Pimps as Line of Flight, online re-release of "Loretta Young Silks" single
  • 2007 - "Flags" with Slovo, Todo Cambria
  • 2011 - "Your Collarbone" with A Lily, Thunder Ate the Iron Tree
  • 2013 - "Moi moi" with Albin de la Simone, Un homme
  • 2013 - "I Go Out" with Steve Mason & Toy, 7" single
  • 2013 - "Go with the Flow" with Olivier Libaux, Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age
  • 2013 - "Life & Death" with Robin Foster & Dave Pen, Metro Manila Soundtrack
  • 2014 - "Nightfall (Pale Blue)" with Kid Koala, Men, Women & Children Soundtrack

Songs on compilations

  • 1994 - "Frank Mills"
  • 1996 - "Candy Man"
  • 1996 - "Lay Down"
  • 1996 - "Ruby Tuesday"
  • 1996 - "White Rabbit"
  • 1996 - "Sound of Silence"
  • 1997 - "Heaven Knows"
  • 1997 - "Io e te"
  • 1997 - "Leigubíll"
  • 1997 - "Perlur og svín"
  • 1997 - "Tvær stjörnur"
  • 2002 - "If You Go Away"
  • 2002 - "Summerbreeze"
  • "To Be Free"
  • 2005 - "Sunnyroad" (Live)
  • 2011 - "White Rabbit"

[ Source: Wikipedia ]