TORRES Releases New Single/Video “Hug From a Dinosaur”

June 20, 2021
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

TORRES Releases New Single/Video “Hug From a Dinosaur”

New Album  “Thirstier” Out 30th July Via Merge Records

Tickets for North American & European Tour On Sale Now

TORRES (moniker of Mackenzie Scott) has released “Hug From a Dinosaur,” which appears on Thirstier, her most exuberant and daring record to date, out 30th July on Merge Records. Like lead single “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head,” “Hug From a Dinosaur” has a massive sound as Scott’s mighty voice sings: “Clock is sinking into quicksand disappearing fast // No bother, where we’re headed we won’t need that // What comprises all this joy I feel and where was it before? // Ancient and eternal and surreal as a hug from a dinosaur.” 

The accompanying video, edited by Areeb Tariq, is a neon-drenched blend of trippy visuals and clips of Scott dancing and singing. 

Scott comments, “The title emerged from a dream I had. The song’s theme is that truth is eternal, and it’s also about never stopping. To bring it back down to earth, the song’s also about being ready to drop everything to do something essential for someone you love. In this instance, it’s bringing my girlfriend lunch so she can keep painting.

A fierce, fierce artist. The new release ignites this incredible energy which exudes across the new ensemble. The huge range present within the vocal notes will leave you in awe.

Recorded in the Autumn of 2020 at Middle Farm Studios in the UK and co-produced by Scott, Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for TORRES. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott’s previous music, like 2020’s Silver Tongue, gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for post-plague celebration. Guitar-driven walls of sound surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore.

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. The album revolts against the gray drag of time and wonders what could happen if we found a way to make our fantasies inexhaustible. Thirstier explodes the borders of imaginative possibility. 

Pre-order Thirstier

TORRES Tour Dates

(tickets on sale now)

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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