Thursday, March 12, 2009

Emilíana Torrini, Waterfront, Belfast

I suspect most people have never heard of Emiliana Torrini. Up until recently I had no idea who she was either although its fair to say that millions of people have heard her sing as she performed "Gollum's Song" during the ending credits of Peter Jackson's film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Interestingly she also co-wrote two songs for Kylie Minogue and has guested on numerous artists albums and toured with the likes of Moby, Sting and Dido. So you might well be wondering - why the hell is Phil listening to her?

Well, for a start, these pieces of music has little to do with her own style which, if pigeon-holed could be described as soulful indie folk pop or some such nonesense.

I came accross her latest album late last year, 'Me & Armini' which is her 7th album although only the last 4 have been released outside of her native Iceland.

Last night she performed in the Waterfront's Studio room to a enthusiastic, diverse and enthralled audience. Obvioulsy with such a back catologue, a lot of the set wasn't from her latest album but I found them instantly enjoyable and I shall soon be tracking what I can of her discography especially her previous outing, 'Fishermans Woman' of which several songs were performed.

Torrini herself can only be described as humourously quirky and although her chat between songs was limited, it was memorable and endearing.

The songs themselves are also strengthened in a live setting and there are lots of mid-song instrument changes and musician flourishes by her band members if you can take your eye off Torrini whose presence draws your attention with her passionate singing and stage charm.

Overall, an enthralling evening with one encore clearly leaving the crowd wanting more and hopefully she will return and give the people another magical performance.

Emiliana Torrini: Official Website


Anonymous Lou said...

That was a fantastic gig. One of those live performances that blow you away, but then leave you feeling a little disappointed when re-listening to the album, as it doesn't have quite the same edge or impact!

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