Molly Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut Please Be Mine â€“ a ten-track ode to unrequited romance written after studying Jazz Vocal Performance in Asheville, NC â€“ and earned praise from critics for her smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics. After a year of touring all over North America, Europe and the UK alongside Ought, Alex Cameron, Grizzly Bear and Courtney Barnett, Burch returned to Texas to decompress. Finding herself suddenly devoid of stimulation and with nothing but time on her hands, she began anew, bouncing ideas off her bandmate and boyfriend Dailey Toliver â€“ who would contribute guitar parts and orchestration suggestions â€“ and, slowly, an album took shape; First Flower became real. A walk-through Burch's most intimate thoughts â€“ broken friendships, sibling relationships and overwhelming anxiety â€“ First Flower is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph with Burch's voice as strong and dexterous as ever.
Molly Burch was exposed to the arts at an early age. Growing up in LA with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch's childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up for the UNC in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance.
"I was always really interested in singing before songwriting. I didn't always have the confidence to write," Molly says, "Initially it was more about finding the right songs to complement my voice." And that voice is the first thing you'll notice on Burch's debut album. It's smoky, with an incredible range, evocative of her influences.
Searching for a bigger pond, Burch moved to Austin, Texas. There, she began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her guides. Motivated by an hourly studio rate, Burch recorded all basic tracks and vocals live in one room and in one day, with minimal overdubs happening later. A difficult task for any talented musician, it becomes more mind-blowing when you hear her belt it on tracks like "Downhearted" and "I Love You Still."
After relocating from Asheville to Austin, Molly Burch found herself reflecting back on past lives and past relationships. Drawing inspiration from Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline, The Shirelles, and The Everly Brothers, she recorded a mature set of tracks full of vintage atmosphere and dreamy melancholy. Downhearted is a melodic, soulful introduction which dives into the depths of love and lovesickness, giving voice to the desires that separate the two.
This is her debut 7" for Captured Tracks. A full-length is expected in early 2017.