MM’s 5:1 Interview No 17: Torres

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Back in 2013, my last trip to SXSW, I wandered into a venue to see Night Beds and exited having been completely transfixed by singer Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) and her band. From then on tracks like Honey and Waterfall became much loved secret treasures – intense and intimate, they were songs I didn’t want to share, but rather to immerse myself in as the ultimate solitary mood music.

torresEarlier this month Torres released Sprinter, her outstanding second album to almost universal acclaim. Just yesterday the Guardian review I read called it “astonishing, unsettling and beautiful“, and so it is all of those things, and much more besides.

Mostly I am delighted because I want as many people as possible to have the chance to become as entranced as I was by these wonderfully personal songs, sometimes melancholy, sometimes uncomfortable, but always moving and always wonderfully captivating. She has a rare talent as a songwriter, yet there is a tiny, selfish part of me that doesn’t want to share, doesn’t want to concede the genie is out of the box and that others can have these songs as their own just like I have.

Nevertheless, we were delighted when Mackenzie agreed to take part in our 5:1 interview series. Read on and enjoy, and order your copy of Sprinter here.

Five words to describe your music:
Music
Transcends
Limitations
Of
Language

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Ultra-meta! Aliens reading an earthling’s imagining of earthlings from the perspective of aliens.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Nirvana–In Utero
Tori Amos–Under the Pink
Brandi Carlile–The Story
David Bazan–Strange Negotiations
Johnny Cash–At Folsom Prison

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
The parting of the Red Sea.

torres portraitFive people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Patti Smith
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
Taylor Swift
Sharon Van Etten

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
No regrets, ever.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Cuddle kitten
Cuddle puppy
Bergamot candles
Dairy-free berry pie
A book to read and keep

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and my cat, Little Bat. Family is everything.

Five perfect songs:
Best 80’s pop melodies:
1. Once in a Lifetime–Talking Heads
2. Seven Wonders–Fleetwood Mac
3. Take on Me–A-ha
4. Madonna–Like a Prayer
5. Love Song–The Cure

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
The Exchange.

Our very grateful thanks to Mackenzie for taking the time to answer the MM questions.

You can check out some of our other 5:1 Interviews in the side bar too.

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Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part 1)

You know the drill. SO many songs this week. Dive in. Enjoy. More tomorrow.

1. Chelsea Wolfe – Iron Moon
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Trevor Forever
3. Teleman – Strange Combinations
4. Marissa Nadler – Carnival
5. Daughn Gibson – It Wants Everything
6. Rose Windows – The Wanton Song
7. Cayucas – Moony Eyed Walrus
8. Yukon Blonde – Como
9. JAWS – Bad Company
10. Mishka Shubaly – The Last Lost Weekend

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More From Flesh World

More From Flesh World

Having already shared Just To Tear Me Down earlier this month, we are loving Poolside Boys, another new tune from Flesh World. It too is taken from their upcoming album, The Wild Animals In My Life, out via Iron Lung Records on the 2nd June.

As with the previous track, the post-punk influences ranging from Felt to the Cramps are there, but there is a brooding, fatalistic air that contrasts brilliantly with the inexorable, hypnotic patterns woven by the guitars. It somehow manages to be simultaneously catchy and darkly ominous, and it is putting the album high on our ‘must-have’ list for the summer.

Video Round Up

Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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MM Shorts 685: Stick Figures

The Stick Figures are Brazilian duo Rodrigo Freire and Fabricio von Finck.

New seven track EP Dusk is due for release in April/May and is a fine mix of classic Pixies style indie rock, Bowie-era electronics and even a hint of 80s new wave pop.

Have a listen to the darkly brooding Mr Je Ne Sais Quoi here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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MM Shorts 680: The Venus Lyx

The Venus Lyx is a trinity of sorts. Three brothers, all alike under a certain kind of light. The brothers Traylen.

Formed a little under a year ago, the trio has since been creating and fashioning their own distinct brand of jagged freak-folk. Now they have their debut single available for your listening pleasure, however uncomfortable that might be…

Keep Your Hands Off My Familiar is a tempestuous tale. One of witchcraft and zealotry, biblical wrath and holy fire. Of cats, dogs, rats, frogs, and sexual deviancy.

Perfect for a Friday. Have a listen.

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New Video: Duke Garwood – Disco Lights

Duke Garwood’s soulful, stripped-bare sound has been receiving much acclaim for his fifth album Heavy Love, his first for Heavenly Recordings.

The word looks set to continue to spread with new single Disco Lights, which has had an appropriately psychedelic treatment for the video.

Watch it here.

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Tuesday Morning Video Round Up

Much like yesterday’s Monday morning round-up post, we’ve now selected just a few of the excellent videos that have arrived in our in-box over the past few days and weeks for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

So without further ado start with the wonderful old time banjo of Willie Watson at Pickathon, and by way of Andy Shauf, Darren Hayman, The Asylums, Streets Of Laredo, The April Maze, Chastity Belt, and John Joseph Brill arrive at the of gothic, noir-folk of Robert Chaney.

Enjoy the ride.

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Monday Morning Round Up

Monday Morning Round-Up

We’ve been clearing up (or down, or out, or whatever the term is) our in-box over the weekend and from the plethora of remixes, ‘bangers’, and electro-pop that went straight into the trash we have picked these gems for you to set your working week off on the right foot…

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Goldishack’s Devil Can Dance is a dark, fuzzed-out dirge, a tale of moral conflict and decay. It is the lead single off Devil’s Road (out this month), a collection of gritty, folk-infused rock from the Go Rogue Records roster that resonates with eerie intimations of the end times.

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Charles Howl are a London-based brit psych-pop group with a brilliantly infectious and melodic sound. This track, Going Down With A Hi comes from forthcoming album Sir Vices and is one of our favourite tracks of the year so far.

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Trent Halliday is a musician currently releasing material under the recording alias Three Days Dark. The second single from his forthcoming second album due in April is Some Days, a slow burning psych-rock sound, seeped in reverb and phase, with solid grooves, motoric rhythms and crafted noise. The B-side Violet Sunrise is a sprawling, almost freak beat track, with an uplifting kind of eclecticism inspired by 60s cuts from Os Mutantes, Pretty Things and the like.

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Moon King have shared a second track from their forthcoming debut album Secret Life, which will be released on Last Gang Records on April 14th. A regular live opener, Apocalypse embodies the brittle emotional landscape and fraught, combustible energy which threads through the album. Beginning with the confession “Somehow I feel no release when I’m alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be“, the song builds in intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of cathartic noise.

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We’ve already posted the warm, engrossing fuzz of Best Friends’ single Shred Til You’re Dead. Next up is new single Fake Spit, to be released March 9th, showing that despite a seemingly effortless ability to kick things up through absorbing, head-shaking rhythm; a more melodic-wrapped approach also rests in their arsenal.

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For contrast try the blue-collar cross-dressing boogie of Shake It Little Tina, it comes from Low Cut Connie’s new album Hi Honey, to be released on April 21 on Contender Records.

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And lastly we have the first taste from the soul-searching new album from singer-songwriter Matthew The Oxx. Beyond The Gates is taken from the long player First Aid For The Drowning.

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