Emiliana Torrini @ The Fly By Night Club, Fremantle

Seeing Emiliana Torrini again would have to be one of my most anticipated concerts this year. I first saw her at the Rosemount Hotel in December 2005 while she was on tour for her Fisherman’s Woman album. Oh my gosh, did I totally fall head over heels for her. That album is one that I can put on anytime I want to relax. I discovered her first album Love In The Time Of Science a while later after watching a few YouTube music video clips of songs from it and it is, hands down, my all-time favourite chillout CD. If you listen to it, you can see how her songwriting turned into a hit for Kylie Minogue- that “Slow” song was written by Emiliana Torrini!

Emiliana Torrini @ The Fly By Night Club, Fremantle

I was surprised that her show had sold-out. I know there were a fair few people at her last show, though I guess her songs are just really easy to listen to, and her voice is so daintily delectable. Listen to her voice and it really describes a cute, little, Icelandic woman. Oh dear, I think I’m gushing about her now. This time, Emiliana Torrini toured the theatre venues around Australia except for Perth, though everyone was seated anyway. (Insert my rant about the need for better venues here!!!) Of course, her style of music would lead to some very intimate gigs. Her band-in-tow are some of the most talented musicians around. They really know how to recreate the vibes from her songs.

Emiliana Torrini @ The Fly By Night Club, Fremantle

Ms. Torrini is quite the comedian! Her self-deprecating and self-aware humour always brings smiles, her expressions are really cute and her sweet accent brings the laughs anyway. Her favourite story to tell is the one about her thrash-metal ex-boyfriend who jumped off the stage to help her gushing blood nose. She thanked his hardcore behaviour with a blood pentagram painted on his chest. Over the top, much? But she loves telling it, with the facial expressions to match!

Here’s an old shot I took back then with my Sony point-and-shoot camera. A budding photographer! This would have been only a couple of months before I delved into the world of digital SLRs. I had a print of this stashed somewhere in my albums. I found it and had  the intention of getting her to sign it the other night. Alas, it did not happen. I would have loved to have had another one of her beautiful autographs.

OMG! She wrote “Thank you” in Icelandic! She also spelled my name “Antony” but that’s forgivable. A fan of all things calligraphy, I must say I’m a fan of her signature. The initial flourish really does it for me.

There’s a few more photos in my Flickr photostream.

Be sure to pickup this Thursday’s issue of Drum Media Perth too. My good mate Jason is writing up the review.

Excuse the not-so-frequent blog posts. Someone inject me with some of the blogging motivation! Next up… a summary of October concerts! It’s been a long time coming.