The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
THE COLORIST & EMILIANA TORRINI ROUGH TRADE, OUT NOW Intricate live album from Icelandic singer and Belgian orchestra.
Recorded during a run of concerts with The Colorist Orchestra, an ensemble devoted to re-imagining songs by other musicians, this album features reworkings of nine tracks from singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini’s back catalogue as well as two new songs, Nightfall and When We Dance. Any hint of kookiness and all is lost, as on Jungle Drum, but the ex-GusGus singer and her collaborators largely find the biting point between annoying quirkiness and striking idiosyncrasy, especially on Gun and Blood Red. There are times when it can feel a bit festival theatre tent. Even so, the musical chemistry is clear, and at best, captivating. VICTORIA SEGAL Listen To: Gun | Blood Red