TORRES Announces New Album “Thirstier” Out 30th July via Merge Records + Shares New Single “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head”

May 14, 2021
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

TORRES Announces New Album, Thirstier, Out 30th July

Via Merge Records

Watch the Video for Lead Single “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head”

TORRES (moniker of Mackenzie Scott) is excited to announce her new album, Thirstier, out 30th July on Merge Records, and a run of UK shows. In conjunction, she unveils the album’s first single/video, Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head.” Thirstier, the follow-up to 2020’s Silver Tongue, is Scott’s most exuberant and daring record to date, showcasing her in thrilling freefall. “I’ve been conjuring this deep, deep joy that I honestly didn’t feel for most of my life,” says Scott. “I feel like a rock within myself. And I’ve started to feel that I have what it takes to help other people conjure their joy, too.”The album revolts against the gray drag of time, a searing and life-affirming eruption of an album that wonders what could happen if we found a way to make our fantasies inexhaustible. Thirstier explodes the borders of imaginative possibility.

Recorded in the autumn of 2020 at Middle Farm Studios in Devon, Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for TORRES. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott’s previous music gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for post-plague celebration. Scott co-produced the album with Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, drawing on her experience self-producing Silver Tongue to push her music onto an even broader scale. Guitar-driven walls of sound, reminiscent of producer Butch Vig’s work with Garbage and Nirvana, surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore.

I wanted to channel my intensity into something that felt positive and constructive, as opposed to being intense in a destructive or eviscerating way,” Scott notes. “I love the idea that intensity can actually be something life-saving or something joyous.”

Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head is a truly momentous release on every single ground. This expansive and immersive soundscape becomes the hypnotic bed for the dynamic vocal notes to soar across. The lyrics deliver this sincere and raw story-telling format, despite the huge sound from this release the lyrics allow this very intimate essence to emit from the creation.

This massive sound and celebratory mood is evident in lead single “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head,” a sparkling country romp. Bolstered by glistening synth, it’s a defiant yet disarming number that sees Scott singing of a love that knows no bounds, while sharing her vulnerabilities with remarkable candor. Its charming video was shot in Scott’s apartment with her partner. In her own words, it’s “my relentless arena country star moment—my shameless Tim McGraw cheeseball hit.”

Thirstier clasps together love songs from all angles. Romantic love, platonic love, familial love, self-love, and freeing spiritual love all commingle, all feeding one another and vaulting toward the horizon. Scott sings of love that never knows scarcity. With Thirstier, TORRES clears the way to that wellspring and invites others to follow her there.

Album Artwork (by Jenna Gribbon)

Thirstier Tracklist

1. Are You Sleepwalking?

2. Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head

3. Constant Tomorrowland

4. Drive Me

5. Big Leap

6. Hug From a Dinosaur

7. Thirstier

8. Kiss the Corners

9. Hand in the Air

10. Keep the Devil Out

Pre-order Thirstier

TORRES Tour Dates

(tickets on sale May 12 @ 3pm BST)

Sun. Aug. 29 – Fairfield, CT @ StageOne

Mon. Aug. 30 – Portsmouth, NH @ Press Room

Tue. Aug. 31 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia

Fri. Sept. 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Mon. Sept. 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

Tue. Sept. 14 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

Wed. Sept. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

Thu. Sept. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Fri. Sept. 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Sat. Sept. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

Sun. Sept. 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

Tue. Sept. 21 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Wed. Sept. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Sat. Sept. 25 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival

Mon. Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Tue. Sept. 28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Thu. Sept. 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Fri. Oct. 1 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium @ Catalyst

Sat. Oct. 2 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Sun. Oct. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

Mon. Oct. 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

Wed. Oct. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co. 

Thu. Oct. 7 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock

Fri. Oct. 8 – Austin, TX @ 3TEN @ ACL Live

Mon. Oct. 11 – Chattanooga, TN @ House Show

Tue. Oct. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Wed. Oct. 13 – Asheville, NC @ ISIS Asheville

Thu. Oct. 14 – Nashville, TN @ EXIT/IN

Fri. Oct. 15 – Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord

Sat. Oct. 16 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

Sun. Oct. 17 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

Mon. Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Thu. Oct. 21 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom

Fri. March 11, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ Mono

Sat. March 12, 2022 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

Sun. March 13, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day

Mon. March 14, 2022 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange

Tue. March 15, 2022 – London, UK @ Bush Hall

Thu. March 17, 2022 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire

Fri. March 18, 2022 – Gent, BE @ Charlatan

Sat. March 19, 2022 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko

Mon. March 21, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club

Tue. March 22, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich (Turmzimmer)

Wed. March 23, 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & SOHN

Thu. March 24, 2022 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof

Fri. March 25, 2022 – Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

Sat. March 26, 2022 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv

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