Torres — Silver Tongue (Jan. 31, 2020)
Location: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genre: Indie Pop~Rock / Avantgarda
Album release: January 31, 2020
Record Label: Merge Records
1. Good Scare 3:36
2. Last Forest 3:44
3. Dressing America 4:00
4. Records of Your Tenderness 2:48
5. Two of Everything 4:49
6. Good Grief 5:03
7. A Few Blue Flowers 3:51
8. Gracious Day 2:34
9. Silver Tongue 4:10
⇓ Mackenzie Scott: vocals, guitar, synths, drum machines
⇓ Erin Manning: Moog, synths
⇓ J.R. Bohannon: pedal steel
⇓ Bryan Bisordi: drums
⇓ Cover painting by Jenna Gribbon
⇓ Photography by Ian Lewandowski
⇓ Produced by Mackenzie Scott
⇓ Engineered by Jeff Zeigler
⇓ Mixed by Jorge Elbrecht
⇓ Mastered by Heba Kadry
⇓ Recorded at O’Deer Recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
∴⇓∴ A person whose words are so potent that they cause the people and beings around them to vibrate is said to have a “silver tongue.” It’s apt, then, that Mackenzie Scott~who has spent the 2010s making boundary~pushing pop music under her Torres moniker~has chosen to call her first release on Merge just that.
∴⇓∴ Recorded at O’Deer in Brooklyn, New York, Silver Tongue is a full~scale realization of the world Scott has created over Torres’ last few albums. Even when singing in more subdued tones, Scott’s voice is fervent, her lyrics stirring and unyielding as she draws from both the divine and the everyday. The album fastidiously chronicles the impulses that make up desire~from the dreamy first blushes of infatuation through the slightly terrifying wonder that accompanies connection with another. In between, Scott wrestles with the highs and lows of what “being in love” might mean over heady guitars and swirling synths.
∴⇓∴ Torres’ music has long navigated the space between the physical and the metaphysical, and Silver Tongue faces that conflict head~on, examining the ways in which the actions of others can stir up deep~seated feelings and seemingly alter the space in which one exists.