Kid Koala and Emilíana Torrini to release collaborative album
By Andy Malt | Published on Friday 17 February 2017
Kid Koala has announced that he will release a new album, ‘Music To Draw To: Satellite’, on 7 Apr. The first in a series of collaborative releases, it will feature vocals from Icelandic singer-songwriter Emilíana Torrini.
“Emilíana is one of my favourite singers in the world”, says the producer, real name Eric San. “I’ve been following her work since her first album. She’s just got one of those singular voices that captivated me years ago. Even when she is singing at whisper quiet levels, it’s enough to crack your heart open”.
He continues: “Emilíana told me about an article she had read about a woman who had signed up on a one way mission to Mars and would leave her significant other behind forever. We spoke at length about how it might feel to leave your planet, and what it meant both literally and metaphorically. Many of those ideas grew to become a narrative theme for the album. It allowed us to create two characters with differing points of view through which we could write”.
Commenting on working with San, and writing melodies for his poetry, Torrini says: “Eric told me it was his first time writing lyrics so I thought it was a big deal. It is the first thing I listen to in music, my absolute favourite. Words are powerful. He was also going through a bit of a brain maze so writing your way out is perfect. He is an annoying guy in a sense: with everything he does, with whatever he touches, he is amazing. Creation is his absolute core, his nature. I have to work harder to reach that space”.