Nedelle Torrisi Nedelle Torrisi

Nedelle Torrisi Nedelle Torrisi
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The Sufjan Stevens collaboration alumni have proven quite successful throughout the years, with artists such as My Brightest Diamond and St. Vincent launching thriving careers since their days onstage with the Michigan indie-pop innovator. The latest to debut a solo project is Cryptacize's Nedelle Torrisi, with her self-titled album, which is filled with baroque-pop flourishes and dreamy harmonies that would definitely complement the work of her colleagues. Torrisi's innate sense of pop hooks is evident throughout, from bouncing single "Double Horizon" to the karaoke minimalism of "Emotional Money." However, her ability to transform simple pop ideas into layered pieces overflowing with whirling organs, harps, bumbling basses, heavenly harmonies and infectious hooks — no doubt aided by all-star guests like Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Julia Holter and Nite Jewel's Ramona Gonzales — is where we glimpse Torrisi's potential. As the album progresses, we're introduced to some of her R&B influences as well, such as the seductive serenade of "Can't Wait," which is a standout track, even though it doesn't necessarily fit the rest of the puzzle. With so many different directions, elements and genres colliding, Torrisi has crammed a sizable amount of influences into her debut. Now, it's just a matter of sifting through and honing her best assets. (Independent)