Nedelle Torrisi to Open for Julia Holter This Fall
Here we find what can be simply be described as Gilmore's sonic vision of Nedelle's songs based on the original demos that she made. Kenny played the majority of instruments on the album as well, with a little help from Julia Holter, Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel), and Dev Hynes (Blood Orange).
No matter how her albums have been produced in the past (either with her previous band Cryptacize with Chris Cohen, or the handful of solo records released under her first name) her songs have a distinct and unmistakeable tone. Musically there is a mix of girl-group/Brill Building era pop, (her choruses reach for that age-old notion, "the hook"), musical theater, (she has good diction and a penchant for Busby Berkeley-style grandeur), not to mention the omnipresent melancholy often found in her sophisticated melodies and chord progressions. There is also a hint of "quiet storm" R&B on this album which has been an favorite of Nedelle's since childhood, hence the echoes of artists like Sade or Anita Baker on tracks like "Perfect Timing," "Psychic Returns" and "Cathartica."
On this recording Nedelle and Gilmore have masterfully combined their shared musical interests, creating complex arrangements by combining interwoven "licks" like something off of Gaucho, or layered, synthy interludes a la Stevie Wonder, and nodding to Prince by using the Linn drum machine which is featured famously on all of his early albums.
Lyrically she is always concerned with matters of romance, and won't hesitate to belt "I wanna be with you! That's why you came into my life!" or "I was born to love you, and so I will." The songs always reveal a specific story from her life, though the lyrics remain cryptic enough to sound universal, as well. ("Born to Love You" is about falling in love with her long-dead, favorite author, "Cathartica" is about looping on a thought while having insomnia, while "I Love Thousands Every Summer" is about moving to a big city and feeling isolated.)
Nedelle is in the process of becoming a social worker, and wants to start a love advice column to combine her love of love and her desire to help others.
In fact, fans already write in to her tumblr page for advice, and she encourages more: www.advicefromparadise.tumblr.com
A supplementary EP, entitled "Paradise in Piano" containing solo piano and vocal versions of songs off the album is available on iTunes, or as a free download when purchasing the 7". Nedelle released as "Paradise" on the Thin Wrist label last year. www.thinwrist.com (Though she loves the concept of paradise, she felt she should finally accept her full name.)
Wed. 09-11-13 First Unitarian Church Los Angeles, CA *
Thu. 09-12-13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA *
Sat. 09-14-13 Holocene Portland, OR *
Sun. 09-15-13 Barboza Seattle, WA *
Mon. 09-16-13 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC *
Fri. 09-20-13 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN *
Sat. 09-21-13 Schubas Tavern Chicago, IL *
Sun. 09-22-13 Kobo Columbus, OH *
Tue. 09-24-13 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY *
Thu. 09-26-13 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC *
* = w/ Julia Holter
Street Date: Sept. 3, 2013
1. Psychic Returns
2. Double Horizon
3. Don't Play Dumb
4. Don't Play Dumb Afterthought
5. I Love Thousands Every Summer
6. Can't Wait
7. Fool Boy
8. Emotional Money
10. Born to Love You
11. The Show Must Go On
12. The Perfect Timing
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