torres Three Futures (CD, £8.25)label: 4ad
The third full-length album by Torres. Torres is the creative alter-ego of Brooklyn-based Mackenzie Scott. 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. Mechanised 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. David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands) mixed the album. Following ‘Sprinter’s release in 2015, Torres gained critical acclaim from numerous influential publications, including Pitchfork, which named her single ‘Cowboy Guilt’ Best New Track, and the New York Times which wrote, “Her music can smoulder while she considers exactly where she stands, and it can roar into feedback-edged howls when her rage or despair boil over”. Praise for the single ‘Skim’: "Chilling, guitar-grinding study in lust and betrayal." — Rolling Stone. “’Skim’ is a confident statement from an artist growing bolder with her every passing era” — Pitchfork. “TORRES arrives all guns blazing in this robo-synth pop tune, with swaggering, savage guitar stabs” — The Guardian. “The song is a hypnotic slow-burn that chugs along with a Depeche Mode groove, spiked with gutsy guitar, psychosexual themes and a dash of religious imagery.” — American Songwriter.
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