Ahead of the release of her forthcoming second album, Sprinter – due May 18th on Partisan Records (John Grant, Eagulls, Sylvan Esso) – today, Brooklyn-via-Nashville’s Mackenzie Scott, aka TORRES, returns with ‘Cowboy Guilt’. Offering a different side to Sprinter – in contrast to singles ‘Strange Hellos’ and ‘Sprinter’ – ‘Cowboy Guilt’ toys with buoyant, manipulated melodies and cutting guitar interludes that demonstrate a more playful face of the singer-songwriter.
Lyrically, it explores what Uncut describes as “Southern states hedonism”, playing with half-rhymes and evocative, contemplative imagery to stunning effect; painting a picture of the deep South that’s at once grubby and grabbing, realist and whimsical. “You had us in stitches, with your George W. impressions. You sang of reparations with the Native Americans,” Scott chimes during one of the track’s choppiest moments. It’s hard not to be enraptured by her deft turns of phrases: Scott is quickly establishing herself not only as one of the most vivid, dexterous lyricists around, but equally as one of the most gifted songwriters currently operating.
You can hear ‘Cowboy Guilt’ here:
On Thursday 4th June, Torres will perform an intimate rendition of the new record at Rough Trade East. To gain entry to this special performance you can either pre-order the album from Rough Trade here – http://ptsnre.co/TorresRTPreOrder or alternatively buy the CD/LP in-store from the 18th May and collect a wristband at the same time. For full details, go here: http://ptsnre.co/TorresRoughTrade
UK/EU Tour Dates
May 28th-30th | Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
June 2nd | Le Carmen, Paris, France
June 3rd | Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
June 4th | Rough Trade East, London, UK (Tickets here: http://ptsnre.co/TorresRoughTrade )
Sept 4th-6th | End of the Road Festival, Nr. Salisbury UK