TORRES’ fifth album Thirstier pumps the miraculous into the
mundane. It is in open revolt against the gray drag of time, a
searing and life-affirming eruption of an album that wonders
what could happen if we found a way to make our fantasies
inexhaustible. What if we got whatever we wanted and still
wanted it, endlessly, with no threat of boredom and no danger of
depletion? What could we become if we let ourselves grow
incandescent with eternally renewing desire?

Since releasing her self-titled debut album in 2013, TORRES—
the stage name of Brooklyn-based rock musician Mackenzie Scott
—has used her pointed lyricism and disarming vocal presence to
seek openings in the everyday, prying apart the walls of the real
in search of escape. After a pandemic year that toggled relentlessly
between numbing dread and active terror, Thirstier explodes the
borders of imaginative possibility. It is Scott’s most exuberant
and daring record to date, showcasing her in thrilling freefall.

Recorded in the fall of 2020 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 post-plague celebration. Scott co-produced the album with
Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, drawing on her experience self-
producing the acclaimed 2020 LP Silver Tongue to push her
music onto an even broader scale. 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.

“I wanted to channel my intensity into something that felt positive
and constructive, as opposed to being intense in a destructive or eviscerating way,” Scott notes. “I love the idea that intensity can
actually be something life-saving or something joyous.”
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. Scott sings of love that never knows scarcity. “The
more of you I drink / The thirstier I get,” she pronounces on the
title track’s chorus—a thesis statement for the album as a whole,
and its resolute striving toward abundance. “Keep me in your
fantasies / Even though you live with me,” she sings at the song’s
climax, enclosing transportive, alchemizing desire inside the
pedestrian without dulling any of its glow.

“We’re always fantasizing about something that’s out of reach.
That’s what a fantasy is. It’s something you can’t have. But I
wanted to turn that idea around and ask, ‘What if your fantasy
was the thing that you have, this endless loop of fantasy?’”
Scott says. “It’s a way to be in this fantastical, magical realm
forever. I want to make that space for myself. I want to create a
reality where my day-to-day is actually my fantasy. That’s what
I want more than anything.”

With Thirstier, TORRES clears the way to that wellspring and
invites others to follow her there. “I’ve been conjuring this deep,
deep joy that I honestly didn’t feel for most of my life,” she says.
“I feel like a rock within myself. And I’ve started to feel that I
have what it takes to help other people conjure their joy, too.”