Mink Records & Submarine Present: Torii
Warm, wistful and weightless, Dutch psychedelic indie pop quintet Torii will release their highly anticipated debut album ’Return to Form’ on The Hague-based tastemaker indie label Mink Records on February 21st, with a The Hague release celebration show on March 13th, at Het Magazijn (i.c.w. Submarine). While the band is composed of 5 musicians originating from various paths, their music blurs the sharp frontiers between skill and philosophy. Their album was recorded and self-produced at The Hague based DIY recording studio The Womb Studio. Treating dissonance and tunefulness as a calming symbiosis, ‘Return To Form’ transforms your deeper feelings into music. Each one of these eleven tracks was written, composed and recorded with painstaking, deliberate care. Founder Domenico Mangione transmutes troubled feelings of trauma, lonesomeness, and alienation into his intricate, spectral production values.
Torii started as a solo project that found Mangione demoing tracks in an abandoned school building. This rather desolate scenery, plus the screeching of the seagulls that terrorized the area, provided the perfect echo chamber for the Dutch musician & producer to find his definitive voice, at his desired pace. Soon after releasing debut EP Submerged, the band played critically-renowned festivals and venues, namely Paradiso, Vera, De School, Incubate, Grasnapolsky and Le Guess Who?.
Now a steady five-piece ensemble – Mangione, multi-instrumentalist/producer Tijmen van Wageningen, guitarist/lap steel player Willem Oostendorp, keyboardist Jilles van Kleef, and drummer Olivier Schiphorst – Torii began using Mangione’s free-spirited recording methods as the root for fully-realized studio splendor.