TORRES - Thirstier LPMerge Records
Recorded at Middle Farm Studios in Devon, UK, Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for TORRES. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott’s previous music gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for a new chapter of life. Scott co-produced the album with Rob Ellis (best known for his stunning work with PJ Harvey) and Peter Miles. Also contributing parts on multiple songs is Portishead's own Adrian Utley (synth) & multi-instrumentalist Ben Christophers (Bat for Lashes, Anna Calvi). Guitar-driven walls of sound, reminiscent of producer Butch Vig’s work with Garbage and Nirvana, surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore.
From the sparkling country romp of “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head” to the sour grunge bite of “Keep the Devil Out” and the unabashed, overflowing devotion of the album’s title track, Thirstier clasps together love songs from all angles. Romantic love, platonic love, familial love, self-love, and freeing spiritual love all commingle, all feeding one another and vaulting toward the horizon.