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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