Friday, March 27, 2015

Torres - "Sprinter"

Image by Shawn Brackbill
I've been paying attention to Torres ever since she toured with Lady Lamb (RIP the Beekeeper) back in 2013. I checked out her debut self-titled album, and while it was really good, it just didn't connect with me. If the title track of her upcoming second album, Sprinter, is any indication, this one will.

The only criticism I could truly make about her debut album was it felt a little too restrained, as if she was told to hold back by a label or producer, or maybe she wasn't quite comfortable with herself yet to truly unload. On "Sprinter," she comes out full force and the result is both powerful and beautiful. It reminds me of a cross between PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, but way more rock. It opens with this swirling, ambient noise and goes right into a pop rock verse which morphs into a more ethereal possible chorus. It's amazing song structure by making changes that keep the feel of the entire song whole. I can't wait for this album.

Sprinter, the album, is due out May 4 on Partisan Records. You can listen to "Sprinter" the song below. Make sure to check out Torres' website, and you can preorder Sprinter on Amazon, iTunes, or the Partisan. She's also heading out on a tour. The dates are after the jump.

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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