In the five years since her breakthrough single Jungle Drum, Iceland's Emiliana Torrini has toured relentlessly, had her first child and discovered, or perhaps invented, the concept of Tookah.
No wonder it's taken a while for her new album, also called Tookah, to arrive. "I was in Australia when I found out I was pregnant," Torrini says. "I decided quickly to finish that tour, just be pregnant and have my son."
Tookah is a word made up by Torrini acknowledging the unexplained life inside everyone, a concept she uses to effectively take God back from organised religion.
"I was improvising a song and I started singing 'Tookah' over and over. Every time I sang it I got blissful feelings and images, similar to the images on the cover of the record," Torrini says of the cover art, which features two faces side on, facing one another, and drawn over to become one face.
"Quite a few years ago a big trauma happened and I felt this split; I could almost see dualities in me," she explains. "I could see my two profiles facing each other. It took me a few years to join those two together again.
"It's a decision, to decide to have magic in your life. And it takes work to connect to that because we live in a really crazy world. I decided I would like to explore more living in Tookah."
Her main collaborator is again London-based producer Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Chairlift)."For this record we were crafting a lot," she explains. "We would have strobe lights and smoke machine and lasers in the studio, so suddenly new sounds got created on a very pagan sounding folk track."