Sincerity can get you pretty far. It’s not all you need to make good music, but believing that what you’re saying is the truest possible expression of a feeling you’re trying to capture is important. It’s risky, too. If it falls flat, you’ve put yourself out there, and either no one cares, or the people who care hate it. Torres‘ “Honey” is about as sincere as it can get. Brutal in its minimalism—just a simple ragged riff and Mackenzie Scott’s voice, rounded at the edges but not without anger or depth—it captures pretty much every sort of emotionally raw moment one can have. Maybe it’s about a breakup, but what song isn’t about a breakup? Still, it feels more like the solution to a breakdown in communication, a chance for Scott to convey everything she wished she could convey before.
Stream: Torres, “Honey” (via Pitchfork)