There's a place for gradual progression in the world of music too, you know. If there wasn't, then this album probably wouldn't exist. Emiliana Torrini has been particularly honest about her progression as a songwriter, but if she hadn't been given the time to discover herself, then we wouldn't be talking about Tookah, her fourth album.

She had to wait five years before releasing an album outside of her native Iceland (1999's Love in the Time of Science), and it's been five years since Me and Armini was somewhat of a breakthrough for her. What does she think of all this? "The first album was learning to write songs, the second was working on my own melodies and lyrics and the last album, Me and Armini was about learning to let go. With this record, it’s much more about the exploration of sonics and visual landscaping in order to find my own sound." What this has resulted in is an album that's as sonically rich as her previous work, but even more eclectic than usual.

The Goldfrapp-ish lead single 'Speed of Dark' isn't particularly indicative of the album's sound as a whole. The pulsing electro-pop track does feature some impressively meticulous production, though, not to mention a gorgeous vocal performance from Torrini. The gentle percussion and instantly arresting melody of the title track are much more significant in album context. This is a laid-back album that's mainly comprised of acoustic songs.

In some ways, it's quite far removed from Me and Armini - there's certainly nothing as immediate as that album's hit single 'Jungle Drum' - but in others, it seems like a natural progression. By Torrini's own admission, she's still in search of her own sound, but for this album, she seems to have settled on beautiful acoustic pop that's exemplified by the likes of the atmospheric 'Caterpillar', a deceptively straightforward track on which there's a lot more going on than may be readily apparent.

This is quite an autumnal-sounding record, and as such, its release has been timed perfectly. Some purveyors of this kind of music have ended up succumbing to blandness, but Torrini's refreshing approach to the singer-songwriter genre means that there's plenty to enjoy on Tookah. 'Autumn Sun' and the synth-backed grandeur of 'Elisabet' showcase different facets of the sound Torrini has chosen for this album, but no matter how she approaches these nine new tracks, her sense of melody and musical dexterity remains undiminished, and when she dips her toe into more experimental waters for the wholly unexpected and endlessly enjoyable album closer 'When Fever Breaks', you get the sense that she enjoys being able to reinvent herself from one album to the next. She hasn't found her sound yet, but her latest album shows that perhaps she doesn't have to.