Emilíana Torrini

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Emilíana Torrini
Emiliana Torrini at Het Paradiso Amsterdam.jpg
Torrini performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEmilíana Torrini Davíðsdóttir
Born (1977-05-16) 16 May 1977 (age 41)
Origin Kópavogur, Iceland
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsRough Trade Records
Associated acts
Website EmilianaTorrini.com

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

<i>Love in the Time of Science</i> album

Love in the Time of Science is the fourth album by the Icelandic singer/songwriter Emilíana Torrini. It was her first album to be released internationally.

<i>The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers</i> 2002 film directed by Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the second instalment in The Lord of the Rings film series, preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and concluding with The Return of the King (2003).


Early life

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 ]

Kópavogur city in Iceland

Kópavogur is a city in Iceland that is the country's second largest municipality by population.

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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]

GusGus band

GusGus is an electronic band from Reykjavík, Iceland. Although initially a film and acting collective, the group is mostly known for its electronic music. The group's discography consists of ten studio albums.

<i>Polydistortion</i> 1997 studio album by GusGus

Polydistortion is the second studio album by Icelandic electronic music band GusGus. The album was released on 7 April 1997 on 4AD, serving as their first release on the label.

Kylie Minogue Australian-British singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress

Kylie Ann Minogue, also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian-British singer, songwriter and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Appearing in the series for two years, Minogue's character married Scott Robinson in an episode viewed by nearly 20 million people in the United Kingdom, making it one of the most watched Australian TV episodes ever. Since then, Minogue has been a recording artist and has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry. Minogue has been recognised with several honorific nicknames, most notably the "Princess of Pop." She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

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 played a number of music festivals in the lead up to the album's release in Russia and Budapest.

<i>Tookah</i> 2013 studio album by Emilíana Torrini

Tookah is the sixth studio album recorded by Icelandic singer-songwriter Emilíana Torrini. It was produced by Dan Carey over three years, from late 2011 to summer 2013. The album was released in September 2013.

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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] , including "Autumn Sun", "Animal Games", and "Tookah".



TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Crouçie d'où là
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Iceland only
Love in the Time of Science
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: JAPIS
  • Promo only
Fisherman's Woman 989767647394
Me and Armini
  • Released: 8 September 2008
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Released: 20 September 2010 [18]
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • New edition – 2 disks
  • Released: 6 September 2013
  • Label: Rough Trade
The Colorist & Emilíana Torrini
(with The Colorist Orchestra)
  • Released: 9 December 2016
  • Label: Rough Trade/Konkurrent
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
TitleAlbum detailsMain artist
  • Released: 1994
  • Iceland only
Music To Draw To: Satellite
  • Released: 20 January 2017
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
Kid Koala



SongYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Dead Things"1999Love in the Time of Science
"Baby Blue"
"To Be Free"1
"Unemployed in Summertime"63
"To Be Free" (reissue)44
"Lifesaver"200446Fisherman's Woman
"Me and Armini"20085Me and Armini
"Big Jumps"8
"Jungle Drum"2009184115551571114
"Speed of Dark"2013681Tookah
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released in given territory.

Other charting tracks

YearSong ICL Album
2004"White Rabbit"34featured on various compilations
"Stephanie Says"47Merman
"Chelsea Morning"50
2005"The Boy Who Giggled So Sweet"36
"Blame It on the Sun"69
"Someone Knows" (remix) (with Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson)41featured on various compilations
"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"84
"Tvær stjörnur"85
2006"Nothing Brings Me Down"41Fisherman's Woman
"Today Has Been OK"47
"Thinking Out Loud"56
"Next Time Around"59
"Honeymoon Child"60
"At Least It Was"63
"Crazy Love"49Crouçie d'où là
"I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You"62Merman


Torrini contributed vocals on all tracks, otherwise noted.

Jóhann Jóhannsson Icelandic musician and composer

Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.

Slowblow is an Icelandic musical duo consisting of Orri Jónsson and Dagur Kári Pétursson, formed in the early 1990s. Their music is an aesthetic of home-made, lo-fi analog tinkerings, which often slips into both electronic and folksy terrain. They began recording in the mid-1990s and have made several albums together. They created the soundtrack for the successful independent Icelandic movie Nói Albínói, which Dagur directed. They have worked with other Icelandic artists such as former Múm band member Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, who provided vocals on the band's self-titled 2004 album, and Emilíana Torrini. In 2009 the duo provided the music to the film The Good Heart. They have released albums under the Reykjavík based record labels Smekkleysa, Kitchen Motors, and Mobile / Plug.

<i>Fousque</i> album by Slowblow

Fousque is an album by Slowblow, released in 1996. The album was originally released in fall 1996 at Sirkafúsk Records and was re-released by Smekkleysa in 2004. The vocals on "7-up Days" were by Emilíana Torrini.

Songs on compilations

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