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TORRES Explodes the Borders of Imaginative Possibility With New Single, Hug From a Dinosaur

TORRES releases a new single/video, “Hug From a Dinosaur,” which appears on Thirstier, her most exuberant and daring record to date, out July 30th on Merge Records. Like lead single “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head,” “Hug From a Dinosaur” has a massive sound as Scott’s mighty voice sings: “Clock is sinking into quicksand disappearing fast // No bother, where we’re headed we won’t need that // What comprises all this joy I feel and where was it before? // Ancient and eternal and surreal as a hug from a dinosaur.”The accompanying video, edited by Areeb Tariq, is a neon-drenched blend of trippy visuals and clips of Scott dancing and singing.

Scott comments, “The title emerged from a dream I had. The song’s theme is that truth is eternal, and it’s also about never stopping. To bring it back down to earth, the song’s also about being ready to drop everything to do something essential for someone you love. In this instance, it’s bringing my girlfriend lunch so she can keep painting.

Recorded in the fall of 2020 at Middle Farm Studios in the UK and co-produced by Scott, Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for TORRES. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott’s previous music, like 2020’s Silver Tongue, gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for post-plague celebration. Guitar-driven walls of sound surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore.

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. The album revolts against the gray drag of time and wonders what could happen if we found a way to make our fantasies inexhaustible. Thirstier explodes the borders of imaginative possibility.

Following the announcement of Thirstier, Anthony Mason interviewed Scott and her partner, the visual artist Jenna Gribbon, for a profile on CBS This Morning. The heartwarming story is centered around Gribbon and Scott being each other’s muses and features a solo performance of “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes In My Head.”

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