‘Heartstopper’ has been taken from Emiliana’s latest album ‘Fisherman’s Woman’, a collection of softly sung and delicate torch songs. This has to be the finest song from that album, which can be overpowering in its sweetly sung melancholic. The unusual tones of Emiliana’s voice, lifted by the drum beats in the radiofied version compared to the more sparse acoustic sound of the original, coo and waver about the lyrics in an engagingly foreign way.
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There is a remix available on the CD version by ace ghostly Icelandic experimentalists Múm, which is rendered slightly less ghostly and experimental by the prominent vocals (usually far down in the mix on Múm’s own work). Nevertheless it is an excellent and even more chilled out reinterpretation of the original. I am less sure about the oompa band interlude in the B-side ‘Thinking Out Loud’…
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Label : Rough Trade
Release Date : 23 May 2005
Website : www.emilianatorrini.com