Following her critically acclaimed albums Love In The Time Of Science and her Rough Trade debut Fisherman's Woman, Me And Armini sees her working once again with her longtime producer/collaborator Dan Carey, resulting in what we feel is destined to be one of the loveliest albums of 2008.
Me And Armini is a hugely ambitious and aspirational pop record with Emilíana’s soaring voice center stage, bolstered by a rich gamut of musical styles. From the summery skank of the title track to the surging, breathless “Jungle Drum”, the yearning “Big Jumps”,and much more in between, Me And Armini is a truly fantastic album.
The title track, “Me And Armini” is a song about stalkery love – over a hypnotic track reminiscent of classic Dawn Penn, Emilíana recounts the story of a burly Icelandic policeman depositing an obsessive-fan back to the airport (having traveled from Italy to come and live with her in her family's home). There is a certain cheer and joie de vive that comes with the recounting of this dark story. "Life is never better than when it’s raw,” explains Emilíana. Here lies the very essence of her artistry: music in thrall to the true wonder of being alive.
Emilíana cheerfully describes sitting with a friend in a cemetery in Nice, staring at the gravestones and huge epitaphs; "these beautiful angels and tombstones, how silly - that's all life comes to. People really want to believe there is something more, it makes them lazy about the moment.” “Big Jumps” is about taking those chances - chiming guitar and delicate synth swooshes, combine with Emilíana’s yearning voice to unforgettable effect.
The pedigree paring of Emilíana's song writing and Carey's sonic alchemy previously combined to world-beating effect when they co-wrote/produced “Slow” for Kylie Minogue, and individually when Emilíana sang “Gollum’s Song” on the soundtrack for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Dan has also handled production work on the new Franz Ferdinand and recent Hot Chip records.