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When Mackenzie Scott started writing the third TORRES record, Three Futures, she became intrigued by the idea that music could be enjoyed and experienced by all five senses. This concept wasn't a new fascination, though; after all, the Brooklyn-via-Nashville musician is already known for lighting fragrant Palo Santo on stage before her concerts.

During the writing process, Scott found supporting intellectual inspiration in books: works of fiction (Vladimir Nabokov's Transparent Things, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Lorrie Moore, Self-Help), memoirs (Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me) and even Alejandro Jodorowsky's Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy. Coates’ book in particular helped inspire one of Three Futures' overarching lyrical themes: celebrating the body.

Three Futures exudes this idea via immersive music. Unlike 2015's Sprinter, a stark record whose ominous electronic elements largely lurked in the shadows behind deliberate guitars and languid arrangements, Three Futures places mechanized grooves at the forefront. In a nod to the multitude of pleasures hinted at by the record's theme, Scott's sonic inspirations are diverse and enveloping: perforated electro-pop static, gothic industrial's harsh textures and insistent Krautrock.