The psychedelic pop of Dutch quintet Torii seems to deftly breeze by without a care in the world: warm, wistful and weightless. Multiple listens to the band’s debut album Return To Form (Mink Records, 2020), however, reveal a stark antithesis of that snap judgment: each one of these eleven tracks was written, composed and recorded with painstaking, deliberate care in the band’s own studio: The Womb Studio. 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 terrorised 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 in 2016, the band played critically-renowned festivals and venues, namely Paradiso, De School, Incubate, Grasnapolsky and Le Guess
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