Torres announces new album, Sprinter, premieres “Strange Hellos” — listen


Brooklyn indie rocker Mackenzie Scott, aka Torres, will release her sophomore album, Sprinter, on May 5th through Partisan Records. The follow-up to 2013’s self-titled LP was produced by Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) and features a backing band comprised of Portishead’s Adrian Utley and PJ Harvey’s Ian Olliver. That’s the album artwork above.

According to Scott, her new material was directly inspired by her family. (Scott was adopted and she sings about the difficulty of reconnecting with her birth mother.) She describes the LP themes, saying: “Whether it be abandonment, or fear of rejection, or perhaps inability to connect with people, comes down to that fear of isolation, of not being good enough. Those are themes that have cropped up in my personal life, in my writing, and my mom can definitely understand that herself.”

Our first preview of the album comes in the form of opening track “Strange Hellos”. A grunge-y yet emotive rocker, it sees Torres dishing out spine-tingling, guttural screams like all hell’s broken loose. Listen in below.

Sprinter Tracklist:
01. Strange Hellos
02. New Skin
03. Son, You Are No Island
04. A Proper Polish Welcome
05. Sprinter
06. Cowboy Guilt
07. Ferris Wheel
08. The Harshest Light
09. The Exchange

In support of the LP, Torres will tour the US this spring. Consult her full schedule.

Torres 2015 Tour Dates:
01/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
03/17-22 – Austin, TX @ South By Southwest
05/06 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
05/08 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/09 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
05/11 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
05/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
05/15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
05/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
05/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
05/22 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
05/23 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
05/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound