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Mackenzie Scott, the singer-songwriter who makes music under the name Torres, is following up her powerful 2015 LP Sprinter with Three Futures, her first album for 4AD. We’ve heard the intense “Skim” and the lovely title track, and now she’s shared a new track called “Helen In The Woods,” which comes with … More »
And just like that, we’re back in a familiar house—the same bland, midcentury ranch house that we were transported to in the video for “Skim,” the first single off of Torres’ (aka Mackenzie Scott) upcoming album, Three Futures.
The video for her latest single, also named “Three Futures,” returns us to that depressing space, and we’re presented with three potential versions of Scott: a sad, bored housewife; an apathetic cowboy that looks remarkably like Eli Cash; and then Scott as we know her today. It’s safe to assume that these are the three futures that Scott alludes to, though what exactly they represent is not particularly clear; the song and the video are entrancing enough that it doesn’t really matter.
As in the past, Torres specializes in a kind of dark honesty that is fascinating though hard to hear—I’ve never quite been able to shake the brutal lyrics of “Strange Hellos,” the opening track off of her spectacular 2015 album, Sprinter.
While Sprinter was more of a heavy dirge, “Three Futures” seems like it will have more room to move and explore.
And whereas Scott used to have an aggressive power propelled by her crunching guitar, on “Skim” and “Three Futures” she seems to be accessing new emotional depth thanks to introspective lyrics and the addition of synths, which give her a broader sonic palette to play with.
If the “Skim” video dealt with issues of control, “Three Futures” must be about choice—the choices that we consciously make in life that dictate our future. In her case, there are three futures: one “alone, one with you, and one with the love I knew I’d choose.”
If the video is in any indication, the latter means a sort of self-love, which leads to the video’s most NSFW moment, as one version of Scott pleasures another.
Watch the provocative video above and decide what you think it all means, if anything. Three Futures will be out September 29th on 4AD.