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Torres, the stage name of Maicon born song-writer Mackenzie Scott, first came to the world’s attention back in 2012 when, whilst still a student, she wrote and independently released her self-titled debut album. As impressive as that record was, surely even Partisan Records, who snapped her up on the back of it, must have been quietly delighted with their decision when they first heard her latest record, Sprinter.

It wasn’t so much a step up in Mackenzie’s song-craft, as a giant leap. A stunningly produced record, it was made in Portishead’s Adrian Utley’s studio in Bristol and featured PJ Harvey collaborators Robert Ellis and Ian Oliver, but there was no doubt who the star was, this record was all about Mackenzie. The voice: capable of producing the raw power of Anna Calvi, or the emotive depth of Sharon Van Etten. The songs; from the experimental pop of Cowboy Guilt, to the squalling dark-electronics of Son You Are No Island, and the blast of noise that was Strange Hellos. This was a spectacularly good record, that questioned topics from religion, to unrequited love, and adoption, all delivered with an ambitious musical pallet and a lyrical light-touch. Put simply, it was just a fantastic record.

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Not that she is striving for it, but Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) could be the female incarnation of Kurt Cobain. Sure, she has the lanky physique of the grunge god and her stringy blond hair doesn’t hurt either. And don’t forget about her love for Fender’s other guitars. But the real similarities lie in the Brooklyn-based singer-guitarist’s ability to create the most dramatic and polar-opposite of dynamics. One second she’s whispering into the mic and the next she’s yowling loud enough to carry across county lines. In her dynamically rich second album Torres, you can hear influences ranging from Funkadelic to the aforementioned Nirvana, and you can even hear the Queen of Pop in Scott’s more subdued, airy singing. I usually play with a more elaborate rig, but for SXSW I only brought a few pedals and carried them around in my backpack all week. I wanted to keep setup time to a minimum and reduce the weight of my gear as much as possible, as I’m usually carrying it all on my back from venue to venue during SXSW.”

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

 

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New Album May 5, 2015 // May 18, 2015 [UK/EU] via Partisan Records,

“Sprinter,” the title track from Torres’s career-making new album, to be released in May, reveals this child: how she suffers, and finally, willfully thrives. Belittled and betrayed within the not-so-safe space of her religious upbringing, Scott’s sprinter runs in circles, gets into a lather. The song’s lyrics are both particular and philosophical. Whether it’s straight-up biography from Mackenzie Scott’s Christian youth in Macon, Georgia only matters if truth-telling is what it took to achieve the tight perspective that makes “Sprinter” both dizzying and forcefully clear. This kid who runs away and runs back and finally decides to outlast what endangers her — “if there’s still time, I’ll choose the sun” — could live in any town whose main roads are lined with overlit parks and recently constructed churches.

“Sprinter” rises and falls like a pubescent mood. Scott is playing in a quartet with three masters of dynamically complicated rock — producer/drummer Rob Ellis and bassist Ian Oliver, frequent collaborators with Polly Harvey, and guitarist Adrian Utley of Portishead. The grinding guitar riff that frames the song’s narrative embodies the push to achieve that every parentally-monitored child internalizes and dreads, an airier, spookier guitar line shows how that drive unravel. The distortion that overtakes the song midway feels like questioning, self-doubt, refusal. But the quietude that descends, that sunset feeling, as Scott modulates her fighting wail into a murmur. The moment has the impact of a chatty kid going silent, looking an adult in the eye.

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Singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott, better known as Torres, has announced her follow-up to 2013’s self-titled debut release. The nine-track offering is titled  “Sprinter”, and it’ll be out May 5th in the U.S. and May 18 in the UK/Europe via Partisan Recordings. Listen to the album opener “Strange Hellos” . It was produced by Rob Ellis (known for his work with PJ Harvey), with a backing band featuring Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and PJ Harvey’s bassist Ian Oliver.

Here’s what Scott had to say about the album’s lyrical concerns, which reflect the experiences of her family. (Both Scott and her mother were adopted):

Whether it be abandonment, or fear of rejection, or perhaps inability to connect with people, comes down to that fear of isolation, of not being good enough. Those are themes that have cropped up in my personal life, in my writing, and my mom can definitely understand that herself.

This spring, Torres will be heading out on tour to celebrate the release of the new LP.

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Tipped by Sharon Van Etten: “I got to see Torres’ first show in New York at Cake Shop a while back. She was so nervous – she shyly said where she was from and that it was her first show, but as soon as she started playing you could feel that nervousness go away. It reminded me of when I first came to New York. She’s been kicking ass recently though, and I’m really excited for her.”
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TORRES – ” Honey “

Posted: December 30, 2014 in MUSIC
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With her long-awaited debut album about to be released in 2015 .The Nashville singer songwriter Torres aka Mackenzie Scott her minimalist songs and blistering anthems with reminisces of PJ Harvey or Cat Power could be a huge buzz..

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