NPR logo

'Jungle Drums' by Emiliana Torrini

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/94410262/94409728" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Emiliana Torrini: Iceland Goes Pop

Emiliana Torrini: Iceland Goes Pop

'Jungle Drums' by Emiliana Torrini

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/94410262/94409728" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Jungle Drums"
  • Artist: Emiliana Torrini
  • CD: Me and Armini
  • Genre: Pop-Rock

In the funky "Jungle Drums," Emiliana Torrini channels Regina Spektor at her most adorable. courtesy of Emiliana Torrini hide caption

toggle caption courtesy of Emiliana Torrini

Emiliana Torrini's lovely voice last received widespread attention during the end credits of 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which featured the Icelandic musician performing "Gollum's Song." If the intense, dreamlike sound saturating that track brought to mind another spunky singer from the same island, that's probably no accident: Torrini reportedly got the Lord of the Rings gig only because Bjork was pregnant.

Torrini has a bit more pop appeal than her more avant-garde counterpart, though, and her ambitious new album Me and Armini shows off her flair for electronic music and even folk-rock. Known for incorporating unusual instruments — from a Wurlitzer to a glockenspiel — Torrini is also adept at using her voice for rhythmic accompaniment, a talent she puts to use in the funky "Jungle Drums." Easily the album's most danceable track, the song channels Regina Spektor at her most adorable, with Torrini's charming lilt laid over intense drums and punctuated by a sharp electric bass line.

Listen to yesterday's Song of the Day, and subscribe to the Song of the Day newsletter.

Purchase Featured Music

Me and Armini

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Me and Armini
Artist
Emiliana Torrini
Label
Rough Trade
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.