Liz Tormes
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Liz Tormes

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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""Darkly beautiful songs""

"Liz Tormes is an artist who makes it all sound so simple – her seemingly effortless vocals glide across graceful melodies, drawing you into her darkly beautiful songs. If Aimee Mann and Neko Case had a little sister who was politely clamoring for the spotlight, Tormes is what you'd hear. Don't miss her first effort, Limelight!" - PERFORMING SONGWRITER

""Both earthy and alien""

"There's not a thing about this album I would change. I love her voice, lyrics, and the music behind it all. It's both earthy and alien and I can't stop listening to it."


""Haunting and strangely atmospheric""

"At times her lyrics are dark, the musical arrangements haunting and strangely atmospheric, but throughout you become captivated by this newcomer's songs of regret, loss and hope for the future." - Maverick Magazine, UK - Maverick Magazine, UK

""A gorgeous, soulful voice""

"Strains of Britpop, garage rock and country slyly slink through Tormes' sparse, gothic-leaning debut. The NYC-by-way-of-Nashville singer-songwriter possesses a gorgeous, soulful voice." - No Depression - No Depression


"Heart-crushing—and seductively affecting.." - New York Press - New York Press

""A timeless recording""

"Tormes sings in a straightforward, totally unaffected manner, cutting through the darkness with an unusual dose of honesty and simplicity and making this a timeless recording...It's the sound of this disc that will really captivate the listener: its idiosyncratic, spooky atmospherics would make Daniel Lanois, T Bone Burnett or Joe Henry smile with pride."- Harp Magazine - Harp Magazine

""Tormes ranks among the very best""

"Singer-songwriter and Lower East Side resident Tormes ranks among the very best, she'll knock you out at first listen, and continue to grow on you. Don't fight it. She promotes a flawless CD, Limelight, and you'll be taking home her music in your head, so you'd might as well buy the CD." - The Village Voice - The Village Voice

""Brilliant and beautiful""

"Say Tor-Mez. Tor-Mez, not Tor-May. One day a friend may ask you how to say the name of this brilliant and beautiful, now local, singer-songwriter. She's been playing with a full band these days, which only adds to her incredibly crafty performances of her equally strong songs. See her, Buy her new Limelight CD and say her name right for God's sake." - Village Voice - The Village Voice

""A Mix of silk and danger""

"Limelight, the debut recording of New Yorker-by-way-of-Nashville Liz Tormes, bridges the world of roots with the haunting, reverberating chill of dream-pop. Tormes has a deft approach in her vocal that conveys innocence, with just a touch of lurking menace, heard to best effect on “Maybe You Won’t,” a duet with Teddy Thompson. The mix of silk and danger is perfectly suited to her songwriting, and this self-produced, self-released disc speaks of talent on the other side of the mixing board as well. Tormes is certainly one to watch." -Skyscraper Magazine - Skyscraper Magazine


"Even though the talents of this East Village-by-way-of-Nashville singer-songwriter merited her roping Teddy Thompson and Ollabelle's Amy Helm into
appearing on her debut, Tormes has enough musical skills to carry her own project. Coupled with material with hints of the Velvet Underground's gauzier moments and a
less murderous Nick Cave, Tormes has the kind of airy vocal style that falls somewhere between Jenny Lewis and Neko Case.
And while this title cut has a Mazzy Star-ish vibe, it doesn't quite float into the ether; instead shimmering Wurlitzer runs are accented by a lightly strummed
guitar and a vocal style considerably warmer than anything Hope Sandoval has done." - Long Island Press
- Long Island Press


Limelight, 2009

Liz's song "It Haunts Me" was recently featured on the Emmy award winning show "Damages"



The story of Liz the musician is born with her arrival from Nashville to New York City's East Village, which she now calls home. She bizarrely found herself playing rhythm guitar in a dive bar in Alphabet City. Bizarre, because she was not a musician, but had been recruited into a weekly gig with an unorthodox string band for her innate sense of musical timing.

Not knowing how to finger chords, she stuck a playing card between the neck and the strings of an old junk-store guitar, laying down a raw backbeat.

After this brief stint ended, Liz decided to teach herself how to actually play the guitar. She then began singing and writing songs, demonstrating a unique ability to create stunning pieces of lyrical audio-visuals, all proven on Limelight, her debut record.