Typically when an artist is solo, they perform under their own name. While that’s not always the case, those who choose another name to perform under tend to be more intriguing. While we recognize TORRES as the work of Mackenzie Scott, her new album Silver Tongue is good enough to place her actual name on. After a rough go with label 4AD, the newly released album on Merge is one that feels like the British label now wishes they’d kept her on their roster.
For starters, the album is deep. No, not like deep in that there’s an emotional roller coaster, as we don’t speculate what words in a song mean. Just that the instrumentation and arrangements within the songs are deep. Each track is like the vignette of a movie in terms of instrumental heft. The opening track “Good Scare” takes your ears on a path you’ve never been on. The mix of vocal weight and honesty in their tone greets drums that are large enough to lend to an orchestra. It’s a theme that plays throughout here. The songs hit with a cluster of emotional intensity and gut wrenching mass. This means that each song takes you to a different place, but the beauty lies in how they all weave together in a seamless fashion.
“Dressing America” has a progression that’s like no one else is employing, “Good Grief” hits with alt rock intensity without getting lost in the chords and “Gracious Day” has an airy feel masked with acoustic plucking and vocals that reside just above the notes. But as well structured and mighty as these songs are, there’s plenty of craft here that it’s difficult to find a favorite-they’re all that good. One that stood out each time a run through of playing the album from start to finish though, came with “Two of Everything.” Scott’s use of synths and open vocals cause a stir in how you hear the song without deterring from the strengths of the song. The quieted beat that comes in as the vocals lie between the synths means that the song blooms as it gets going. There’s a lot here to unpack, but it all works at the same time. By having a rough enough time to consider giving up music entirely, TORRES proves that some things shouldn’t stop existing. Silver Tongue is the proof of that.
Silver Tongue is available on multiple formats directly from Merge Records. It can be purchased in all digital outlets or streamed on all platforms. TORRES is on tour beginning March 03 in Bristol, UK at Louisiana until August 20 in Crickhowell, UK at Green Man Festival. Here complete tour schedule is available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Michael Lavine.