Indie pop musician Nedelle Torris has paid a lot of dues playing in the backing bands for artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Ariel Pink, but she deserves credit for being a proficient songwriter in her own right; Advice From Paradise attempts to bridge the gap between a type of pop music heard now and then, being both contemporary and traditional at the same time.
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Here it is, them, the year’s namedroppiest press sheet, reminiscing about Nedelle Torrisi’s time in backing bands for sad behemoth Sufjan Stevens and avant arsehole Ariel Pink, while also quoting collaborations for ‘Advice from Paradise’ with artists as fantastic as Julia Holter and Dev Hynes. Is this some sort of indie rock fanfic? Is Nedelle Torrisi in fact writing fan fiction about her time playing with her favourite musicians, because if so, I can relate, I do that in my head all the time.
‘Advice From Paradise’ is kind of great? I say that as if I can’t fathom it, because these songs seem plainspoken and straight-ahead, but deceive so delightfully: each synth-pop set-up borrows a weird string arrangement or crossworded melody, bringing in unexpected flourishes that offer a parallel universe euphoria. The arpeggios (and later harp flickers) that counteract the simplicity of “Double Horizon” are an earworm and a half (that’s x1.5 earworms, for the calculators), and the juxtaposition allows you to enjoy a basic pop song and its warped shake-ups at once.
I could easily describe a dozen different Injections Of Fun that occur in each and every one of Torrisi’s songs -- she knows just where to place a new motif, recalling the proggy sublimations of her pal Sufjan as well as the busy pop wonder of Molly Nilsson. Hearing a particularly Blood Orange-y bassline or a Holter harmony will be a nice plus, of course, but Torrisi’s songwriter voice is the most startling thing about ‘Advice From Paradise’ -- it chimes in to interrupt itself.
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