TORRES

TORRES

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

TORRES is Mackenzie Scott of BK, NY. With the release of her debut album in January 2013, critics such as Pitchfork, PMA, and BPM have all heralded TORRES for her "rough-hewn beauty." TORRES has innate ability unlike many other artists to encapsulate in her songs and live performances stark feelings of humanism, isolation, longing, fear, guilt, and darkness, while simultaneously evoking a sense of revelation and resolution in her listeners.

Biography

When does a musician finally hit upon his or her particular "sound"? For some, it bursts forth from their body fully formed; for others, it takes months or sometimes years of trial-and-error. For 22-year-old Mackenzie Scott, the singer-songwriter from Nashville who performs under the name Torres, the foundation and framework of her distinctive sound were already in place but it just needed that one crucial final piece.

"My family pitched in to get me a Gibson 335 last year for Christmas," she says. "I didn't quite find the sound I was looking for until I started playing electric." Listen to her self-titled debut album and you'll hear just how crucial that instrument is to her songs now. The delicacy and intimacy that was born from acoustic roots are still there, but now that she's fully plugged in, her music has intensified, with deeper shades of darkness creeping into the mix.

The album also carries with it a rawness and humanism that only serves to increase the feelings of isolation, longing, fear, guilt, revelation, and resolution that Scott expresses beautifully throughout. Torres was recorded over the course of five days in a Tennessee home owned by fellow singer-songwriter Tony Joe White (he of "Polk Salad Annie" fame), and recorded live to tape with as few overdubs as could be managed.

The effect provides the album with a rough-hewn beauty. The cracks that sharpen the edges of songs like the pointed "Jealousy & I" or the drum machine-driven "Chains" gives listeners an even starker look into the heart of these deeply felt songs. And if you lean in close, you might be able to hear the creak of the wooden floors in the house and the hum of the tape machine capturing it all.

"I wanted this record to be the most honest version of itself that it could be," the 22-year-old songwriter says, "and ultimately that meant that it needed to remain unpolished and fairly raw. I left in a few imperfect vocal takes because I thought it sounded more human that way."

In the Spring of 2013, ‘Torres’ was released to much critical acclaim earning a 8.1 rating on Pitchfork, who later went on to declare the album to be one of “year's most worthy records that you may have missed.” While music review aggregator site Metacritic has scored the album 84 out of 100.

Since the release earlier this year, Torres has been touring and captivating audience’s across North America, the UK, and Europe. Her dynamic live show was one of the highlights of SXSW 2013 and she has since gone on to share the stage with the likes of Daughter, Okkervil River, Washed Out, Jackson Scott, Deertick and Sharon Van Etten.

Torres’ music cuts right to the bone. Scott spills every inch of her soul into her songs and performances, reflecting the joys and sorrows, and the unpredictability and uncertainty of life and love.

Lyrics

Honey

Written By: TORRES

This cannot happen again
Twice in a year is too much
Heavy are you on my mind
Twice in a flush, it ain’t enough

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking ‘bout telling you
What you’ve done to me

Honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Writing just to save my life
You stretch barelegged across each line
What ghost crawled inside my guitar?
Don’t move, just stay right where you are

I don’t need to look
I’d know that voice anywhere
Everything hurts but it’s fine (it’s fine)
Happens all the time
Oh, happens all the time
Heavy are you on my mind
Heavy are you on my mind

Honey
While you were ashing in your coffee
I was thinking ‘bout telling you
What you’ve done to me

Honey
Pretending like it never happened
Come over here and let me
Put you back together

Maybe some other time then
I’ll come back again

Jealousy and I

Written By: TORRES

What am I supposed to say babe
I’ll be up all night to tell the truth
Would you really have a stranger in your bed
Rather than let someone like me take care of you

It’s no one’s problem but my own
I think I’ve always cared too much
I’m suffocating you I know
It’s just the only way I know to love

Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don’t mind, no I don’t mind
Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don’t mind, no I don’t mind

‘Cause Jealousy and I
We’re two of a kind
And she’s all mine

You don’t owe me anything
But you’ve got to spell it out for me
‘Cause if you’re saying things that you don’t mean
Then you don’t really want me at your feet

Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don’t mind, no I don’t mind
Jealousy gets me sometimes
But I don’t mind, no I don’t mind

‘Cause Jealousy and I
We’re two of a kind
And she’s all mine

I’ll never let her go

When Winter's Over

Written By: TORRES

There are cracks in the wall
Giving me only slivers of the sun
I remember it all
Truths being told as soon as our minds were gone

Don’t tell me there’s no way
Your mind will change
Even the leaves grow weary
Of the trees from which they came

You can’t hang onto something
If it’s gone and lost its color
So go find someplace warm
I’ll still be here when Winter’s over

You always made my head spin
More than the whiskey on our lips
I just needed thicker skin
To help me loosen up my grip

Don’t tell me there’s no way
Your mind will change
Even the leaves grow weary
Of the trees from which they came

You can’t hang onto something
If it’s gone and lost its color
So go find someplace warm
I’ll still be here when winter’s over

Go find someplace warm
I’ll still be here when Winter’s over

Discography

01/03/13: TORRES - 'Honey' - Single, Digital (US/EU)
01/22/13: TORRES - 'TORRES' - Album, Digital (US/EU)
02/28/13: TORRES - 'TORRES' - Album, Physical (US)
06/05/13: TORRES - 'When Winter's Over' - Single, Radio (US)
09/23/13: TORRES - 'Honey (Radio Edit)' - Single, Radio (UK)
11/11/13: TORRES - 'TORRES' - Album, Physical (EU)