Nedelle Torrisi‘s past is rooted deep in music, with early influence found in songs by Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton, complete with jazz drumming father and pianist mother. Aspects of her sound make it almost feel like it’s from another universe–replete with synth and quirky danceability–while it also somehow feels like you’re traveling back in time, to a simpler era.
Her latest release–Advise From Paradise (Deluxe Edition)–hit the streets on August 1st and boasts emotion-filled lyrics, and backup vocals by the fabulously down-to-earth Julia Holter. The album was recorded in a whirlwind two weeks with Kenny Gilmore (Haunted Graffiti), and then lost in Russia for a while before its recovery and now, finally, its release. We couldn’t be happier that the material resurfaced, as this may just be our end-of-season go-to.
Here’s a playlist Nedelle curated for Tin Angel’s Podcast.
We were lucky enough to throw a few questions Nedelle’s way. Read below for more info on the new release.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi I’m Nedelle. Native Californian, music fanatic, animal-appreciator, generally chill, but a little neurotic.
How would you describe your music?
Earnest, romantic, catchy, a bit RnB, a bit musical theatre.
You talk openly about a big break-up, can you tell us about that? Would you rather it never happened, or are you grateful it did and inspired much of your record?
I don’t have a preference, because I can’t tell what would’ve happened had we kept going, or what. Everything seems to unfold in the right way, if that’s how you choose to see it, you know? Perspective is everything!
What was the writing and recording process behind ‘Advice From Paradise’?
My friend Kenny Gilmore and I holed up in a studio for two weeks. We stayed in this weird little room adjacent to the tracking room. When the two weeks were over, we continued to work on it in various places for the next.. two years, ha ha. Took us a while.
What was your favorite part of creating ‘Advice from Paradise’?
Tracking and producing the record is especially fun because you watch the song become what you heard in your head. These songs were based off of demos I made, but then in the studio it’s like watching the black and white version become technicolor. Kenny and I would get giddy and laugh when we liked something- we always took that as a sign that the idea was good.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I am an animal! But if I wasn’t human, I’d be a dolphin. They’re beautiful, smart, and I suck at swimming so it would be cool to suddenly be a great swimmer.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m finishing a new record now, and I think it’ll come out in the next six months or so.
Advice From Paradise (Deluxe Edition) is out now via Tin Angel Records.