TORRES - Dressing America

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, is “Dressing America” by TORRES, from the 2020 album Silver Tongue on Merge Records.
photo by Michael Lavine
written by Janice Headley

“If The Phantom of the Opera had a pedal steel” or “Enya meets Phil Collins’ Tarzan soundtrack” — this is how Torres (real name: Mackenzie Scott) has described her fourth and latest album Silver Tongue. It's not only her first album for esteemed indie label Merge Records, but it's the first she's ever produced herself. "It was a control thing," she admitted to Refinery 29, "but it was also an acknowledgment on my part that there is not a guarantee that I'll get to make a new record. It's never guaranteed, and it's not that I thought that before it's just that making this record, especially, felt like such a trial. I figured, if I was getting this opportunity to record a new album, it was imperative to me that it be something that was 100% mine."

As a result, Silver Tongue is her most personal and barefaced release yet, detailing the end of a relationship and the beginning of her latest love affair with artist Jenna Gribbon (who also painted the album cover). The accompanying video portrays Scott as a lovelorn cowboy. Director Ashley Connor describes it as "an ode to every sacrificial act of love starring our hero Cowboy Mackenzie, who will gladly carry any lover through the snow." Watch below, and check out her upcoming tour dates, including a March 31st stop at the Tractor Tavern and a performance at the 2020 Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho. 

Tour Dates:
Feb 29 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (Noise Pop)*
Mar 03 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
Mar 04 Manchester, UK – YES Basement
Mar 05 London, UK – Oslo
Mar 06 Brussels, BE – Botanique (Witloof Bar)
Mar 07 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso (Upstairs)
Mar 09 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefährlich (Turmzimmer)
Mar 10 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
Mar 11 Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
Mar 12 Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnhof
Mar 13 Zürich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Mar 14 Torino, IT – Circolo della Musica
Mar 16 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
Mar 26-29 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
Mar 31 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Apr 01 Portland, OR – Lola's Room
Apr 04 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Apr 05 San Diego, CA – House of Blues Voodoo Room
Apr 06 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 08 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.
Apr 09 Austin, TX – 3Ten
Apr 10 Houston, TX – House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room)
Apr 11 New Orleans, LA – Santos
Apr 13 Nashville, TN – Basement East
Apr 14 Chattanooga, TN – house show
Apr 21 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Apr 22 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot
Apr 25 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Apr 26 Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
Apr 27 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Apr 28 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Apr 29 East Moline, IL – The Rust Belt
Apr 30 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
May 01 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
May 12 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
May 13 Toronto, ON – Drake Underground
May 14 Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
May 16 Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 17 Fairfield, CT – Stageone
May 19 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
May 21 Washington, DC – Union Stage
May 22 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
May 23 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
May 24 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
May 28 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
* w/ Imperial Teen

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