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Maybe it’s something of a pop trope: American artist visits England, seeking inspiration, and rediscovers in the rolling moors the ancient folk foundations of rock and roll. Mackenzie Scott, the songwriter known as Torres, crossed the Atlantic last year, but she ended up making what she describes as a “space cowboy record.”
That Scott would find a sound so contrary to expectations is essential to her musical identity as Torres. She learned to sing and play the guitar in front of the residents of a senior citizens center. She was raised in Bible-belt Georgia where a burgeoning, broader vision as an artist could not stay put. The songs on Scott’s 2012 debut Torres were primal—delivered with wicked guitar chops—but were mostly arranged with little more than said guitar and Scott’s aching voice.