Brooklyn’s own rock and roll maven Mackenzie Scott, almost famous under the moniker Torres, has released a blistering new single ‘Hug From a Dinosaur’.
Resplendent with chanting choruses, siren-like Moog synth sounds, and a wonderfully grungy bedrock of distorted guitars, Torres embraces the basics on ‘Hug From a Dinosaur’: dynamic shifts and four chords are all that’s needed to communicate a simple and joyous tale of domestic bliss.
“The title emerged from a dream I had,” Scott explains. “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.”
It might seem strange to have a sweeping, psychedelic landscape of surreal imagery actually end up being a metaphor for such a mundane activity, but it serves the song well. After all, if the lyrics were more directly just about bringing your significant other lunch, there wouldn’t be much inherent artistic value in that, would there? Instead, Scott blows it out to epic, mythic proportions, keying in on the larger message of what it means to be devoted and caught in a situation where you would do anything for someone. It can be scary and unbelievable, like… well, like a hug from a dinosaur.
‘Hug From a Dinosaur’ is just the latest and greatest track from an artist who is still criminally underrated. Critical acclaim and indie success is nice and all, but Torres has the power, presence, and songwriting ability to be much bigger than she currently is. Each new song should be converting someone new, at least in an ideal world, so hopefully ‘Hug From a Dinosaur’ will be someone’s introduction to the great artist known as Torres.
Check out the video for ‘Hug from a Dinosaur’ down below.