Thursday, November 2, 2023

TORRES - "I got the fear"

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Somehow TORRES keeps surprising us with her music. The musical project of Mackenzie Scott has released a new single that features her vocals and acoustic guitar that would feel at home in a neo-folk song over a pre-programmed drum beat with sounds that at times are either a light squall of guitar feedback and electronic noises. The song has this haunting and unsettling feeling to it, despite sounding like it's trying to be upbeat. I'd say art doesn't always have to be a pleasant experience, but "I got the fear" can be a pleasant listening experience, except for the times it's not.

Mackenzie Scott says of her latest single:

“A collective dread has been mounting. Everyone I know is having a brawl with the universe, with themselves…wars, climate catastrophe, a pandemic, the worldwide regression on human rights, the political hellscape — it affects everybody, and I know we’re all feeling it in waves of varying degree all the time. I think it’s really important that we find a way to get our hopes back up. I’m here to try to help light the way if I can. Most days I really believe humanity will find a way. But there’s a nagging anxiety that maybe that won’t happen. One has to wonder if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that a species that believes it’s doomed will doom itself.”

You can watch the video for "I got the fear" below. What an enormous room is due out January 26 on Merge Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on TORRES, check out the artist on Facebook and Instagram. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Wed. Jan. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *Thu. Jan. 18 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *Fri. Jan. 19 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar *Sat. Jan. 20 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement *Mon. Jan. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) *Tue. Jan. 23 - Durham, NC @ Motorco *Wed. Jan. 24 - Washington, DC @ The Atlantis *Thu. Jan. 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *Fri. Jan. 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere *Sat. Jan. 27 - Cambridge, MA @ The SinclairFri. Feb. 2 - Paris, FR @ Le Hasard LudiqueSat. Feb. 3 - Bruges, BE @ Cactus ClubMon. Feb. 5 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso UpstairsTue. Feb. 6 - Cologne, DE @ Bumann & SOHNWed. Feb. 7 - Berlin, DE @ PrivatclubThu. Feb. 8 - Munich, DE @ MillaSat. Feb. 10 - Baden, CH @ One of a Million FestivalMon. Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ YESTue. Feb. 13 - Bristol, UK @ Strange BrewWed. Feb. 14 - London, UK @ OsloWed. Mar. 20 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^Fri. Mar. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^Sat. Mar. 23 - Boise, ID @ Venue TBATue. Mar. 26 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^Wed. Mar. 27 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^Fri. Mar. 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^Sat. Mar. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^Mon. Apr. 1 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^Tue. Apr. 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar ^Thu. Apr. 4 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^Fri. Apr. 5 - Austin, TX @ The Parish ^Sat. Apr. 6 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) ^* w/ Aisha Burns^ w/ Liza Anne

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