Making music that embraces the self is a bold move in a time when many musicians rely on denial to denote pessimism and evade reality. Brooklyn-based Mackenzie Scott explores feelings of ecstasy, indulgence and desire to create a theme that focuses on the use of our bodies as a mechanism of joy. The results are something that’s rooted in optimism and self-assurance, yet, musically, it’s not the breezy, happy-go-lucky pop you’d expect from such positive beginnings. ‘Three Futures’ relies on sophisticated electronics and negates traditional pop formulas as it delves into something much more interesting than usual solo synth-pop fare. Lyrically, themes are deep and emotive, and Mackenzie uses surrealism to portray sex and body positivity.
This is refreshingly liberating, and one of the main reasons why ‘Three Futures’ for the most part triumphs. ‘Skim’ in particular represents Torres’ strength as a songwriter and her knack for memorable melodies. Elsewhere, the gurgling, potent synths are downplayed on the defiant ‘Righteous Woman’ and replaced by crunchy, trebly guitar. There are moments that will test your patience, like the more placid, contemplative tracks, but ultimately ‘Three Futures’ should be credited for its brave openness and willingness to explore subjects not often written about in music.