Movement Magazine


Thomas Bellflower March 25, 2015

Georgia-bred, Brooklyn-based performer and songwriter TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) waits until an idea, an emotion, a memory-gnaws at her, tearing at her fingers and throat, until she releases it in song. Her husky voice strains against its human biological constraints like a wild-eyed horse, whispering desperately “Don’t give up on me just yet” on one end and yowling about jealousy with unnerving intensity on the other. Following her self-titled debut in 2013, TORRES pushes herself to even noisier and more personal extremes on sophomore album, Sprinter, recorded in Dorset, England with co-producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) and at the Bristol studio of Portishead’s Adrian Utley, both of whom perform on the album. With themes of alienation running rampant throughout, it’s a punishing self-examination of grand spiritual and musical proportions suffused with a keen awareness of Scott’s place in her family and in the world.

As noted above by The New York Times, NPR, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, amongst many others, TORRES was one of the most talked about up and comers at this year’s SXSW. Leading into Sprinter’s May 4th release on Partisan Records and following the release of much-lauded debut single, “Strange Hellos,” TORRES is now sharing the album’s title track. Both singles are available as instant free downloads with all digital pre-orders.



“It was a short but powerful performance that solidified her upcoming LP, Sprinter, as one of the year’s most anticipated indie-rock releases”
Rolling Stone (50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW)

“The earth beneath Mackenzie Scott’s feet shudders when the 24-year-old singer performs. Ragged, raw and passionate, it’s easy to imagine this Macon, Ga. native releasing a landmark album at some point in her still very young career.”
NPR (Some of the Best Things We Heard at SXSW on Friday)

“[TORRES] played songs that rose from hazy guitar sounds to moody, turbulent peaks”
The New York Times

“The break-out talent of Tuesday night’s House of Vans showcase was undoubtedly TORRES…
Her songs bristle with guitar distortion and build to fully formed climaxes.” — Newsweek (SXSW Recap)


Performance of new song, “A Proper Polish Welcome,” for NPR Music’s South By Lullaby Series —

“Strange Hellos” video —
“Strange Hellos” stream —

Mon. May 4 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
Wed. May 6 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox @
Fri. May 8 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada @
Sat. May 9 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk @
Mon. May 11 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live @
Tue. May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo @
Wed. May 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill @
Fri. May 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge @
Sat. May 16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza @
Sun. May 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
Wed. May 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Thu. May 21 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle @
Fri. May 22 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory @
Sat. May 23 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison @
Wed. May 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right @
Sun. May 31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Thu. June 25 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Fri. June 26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sat. June 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sun. June 28 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
Tue. June 30 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Wed. July 1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Thu. July 2 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
Fri. Sep. 4 – Sun. Sep. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

* with Jenny Lewis
@ with Aero Flynn

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