DrunkenWerewolf is in the habit of finding American musicians desperately underrated in Britain, and recently the majority have emerged out of the Southern states armed with only a battered amp and a will to contest common stereotypes. 22 year old Mackenzie Scott is no exception to that accidental rule.
Taking parts of Scout Niblett and Kismet era Jesca Hoop in her stride, Scott is due to release her debut self-titled album under her singer-songwriter pseudonym Torres on January 26th, but success has been a long time coming for the Nashville resident.
Easily falling prey to the “sounds a bit like PJ Harvey” tag, there’s far more to Torres’ music than initially meets the eye – and she’s definitely apart in her penchant for raw, honest to God alt-rock. Strings, electric guitar, sparse percussion and her uniquely strained vocal don’t merge to land in the bombastic, full production chair surely lurking in the wings. Instead, sensibly Mackenzie heads off in the direction of Marnie Stern and Rita Lynch, taping out unpolished riffs and gutsy vocals that truly defy her peers and mark hers a unique talent.
Hear opening track "Mother Earth, Father God" below.