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“Helen in the Woods,” is the third single off her third album Three Futures,

“I forgot. I totally forgot,” Mackenzie Scott said, laughing and adding, “My dad hates it.” Mackenzie Scott, the Brooklyn-based, Georgia-raised musician who records as Torres, wrote most of Three Futures, which is also her debut on 4AD Records (the label of Grimes, The National, Deerhunter, and Daughter), in one sustained period after the release of her critically adored sophomore record Sprinter. But the furious, delirious “Helen in the Woods,” which Scott, now 27, wrote approximately five years ago while still in college.

‘Helen In The Woods’ by TORRES. ‘Three Futures‘ is out now.

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TORRES - Three Futures

Brooklyn based songwriter Mackenzie Scott brings us her third album as Torres, having gained acclaim and attention since her debut in 2013. ‘Three Futures’ is an immediate and mature set of songs about femininity, gender and power. Mackenzie’s vocal breadth, especially in her range and movements from rough to smooth, prove her to be on a par with vocalists such as St. Vincent. Her guitar riffs and solos quirkily stagger over industrial and metronomic programmed beats, giving a sometimes-dizzying feeling of rhythmic push and pull. It’s a very well-formed and considered album .

 In describing the album, Scott says it “is entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy”.  The 10 original tracks on Three Futures embrace ecstasy, desire and indulgence rather than self-denial, and exude this idea via immersive music.  Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, harsh gothic / industrial textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs.

For Three Futures, Scott reconnected with producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), who worked on TORRES’ last album Sprinter, to record in Stockport and Dorset, England. David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands) mixed the album.

Torres - Three Futures

It was only a few weeks ago when we were speculating about when we might receive an album shaped gift from Torres aka Mackenzie Scott the Brooklyn-based artist, has detailed the release of that record, To be titled “Three Futures” .

Three Futures the first single is a track that slowly reveals itself on repeated listens, such is the complexity of the ever shifting instrumental backing. Fluttering beats hold the track together, as heavily effected guitars, pulses of thrillingly gloomy synths and Mackenzie’s powerful vocal add the perfect dose of melodic sweetness. There’s something in the way the lines are delivered that takes seemingly indecipherable lyrics and gives them an emotional gravitas; a line like, “I hope that’s what you’ll remember, not how I left, but how I entered”, seeming to possess some deep secret beyond any obvious interpretation. Describing the inspiration behind the album, Mackenzie has suggested it, “is entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy”. 

‘Three Futures’ is the title track from TORRES’ new album, which is released 29th September on 4AD Records

Torres is the stage name for indie rock musician Mackenzie Scott. She’s originally from somewhere in rural Georgia, and she got her start in Nashville. Her 2013 debut Torres was a huge record and her sophomore release Sprinter was also well received .  Torres released a single and accompanying video yesterday via the excellent label 4AD Records. She had signed with 4AD recently, there apparently is a new album on the horizon.

While the first record was more “indie folk” than rock and the second record was more “indie rock” than folk, it sounds like this might be something different entirely. It’s just one song, but this sounds like a new direction for her. This song reminds me quite a bit of St. Vincent’s marvelous 2011 album Strange Mercy. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that Annie Clark played guitar on this. If she didn’t, Torres is taking a page straight out of her book and a line from her page.

This video has some strange direction, but it’s brilliant. It’s mysterious and sexy and dark and confusing.

The video was directed by Ashley Connor, who has directed lots of videos for Angel Olsen, as well as a few for Jenny Lewis, Jenny Hval, Julianna Barwick, and others. She also did the creepy/sexy/magnificent video for “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski. Just as she did with “Your Best American Girl”, Connor wants us to feel like creepy, filthy voyeurs with “Skim”. She also wants us to be confused. About a lot of things. No matter what, it’s a wonderfully shot video that has a few surprises in it. Also, as an added bonus, those scenes in the shower are also a subtle echo of some of the press photos from the first album. I like that.

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‘Skim’ by TORRES. Out now on 4AD Records

thanks to thisisthatsong,

http://KEXP.ORG presents TORRES performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded May 16, 2015.
in Torres’s second album Sprinter feels like dreaming in a state of moderate anxiety, with guitar effects and reverberating synths whirling around lyrics that weave scraps of emotion together with the kind of suggestive references—to Polish swimmer Beata Kamínska, to Poseidon, to a Christian God and a profane pastor—that might crop up in states of estranged reverie. Scott’s vocal instrument ranges from self-consciously fragile, to a menacing growl.

Songs:
A Proper Polish Welcome
New Skin
Sprinter
Cowboy Guilt

Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album “Sprinter” unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess.

Sprinter is the album that taught me to love Torres’ music: It channels clear influences like Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, while still hinting at further growth. (She’s only 24.)

Her band is extraordinary, too. Guitarist Cameron Kapoor provides a perfect level of controlled noise under Scott’s alternately melodic and aggressive playing, while Erin Manning contributes haunting harmonies and drummer Dominic Cipolla provides spacious punctuation. All of which made for a perfect storm, right in NPR’s offices.

Set List
“New Skin” 00:00
“A Proper Polish Welcome” 05:50
“The Harshest Light” 11:40