The Colorist & Emil­iana Tor­rini

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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

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