There are occasions when I become enamored with an artist from the first time I hear them. Thirty seconds into the first track and I’m sending pleading emails to their PR rep asking for the full album. That is precisely what happened with Molly Burch and upon receiving the full album, my enchantment has only heightened.
Molly Burch isn’t reinventing the wheel. Her music is a nice blend of retro pop and Americana. And on every track, Burch’s smoky vocals are lent a helping hand by tasty guitar licks delivered by Dailey Toliver. While not sounding alike, I’m reminded of the dynamic that Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller share in Mount Moriah.
What I love most about her vocals is that for the most part, they seem effortless; but man when she needs to give a track a little more punch, she nails it every time. The second track, Wrong For You, illustrates that perfectly. The title track is another standout in an album full of them. Its a slow burner and after listening to it, it isn’t hard to see why she’s oft-compared to Pasty Cline.
Please Be Mine is hopefully the beginning of a long and fruitful career. Burch will be down at SXSW, hopefully will Toliver in tow. She’s on my can’t miss list.
Been looking forward to this announcement since I first heard Molly Burch’s music last August. She has a wonderfully soulful voice that reminds you of the country music of yesteryear. Her debut will be out Feb 17th via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. In the meantime, here’s some info from PR team.
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 to study Jazz Vocal Performance in Asheville.
Molly’s timeless voice is the first thing you’ll notice on Please Be Mine. It’s smoky, with an incredible range, effortlessly evocative of her early influences. After relocating to Austin after college, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Burch and boyfriend Dailey Toliver connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his idyllic studio in Dripping Springs, TX.
Molly Burch is a singer-songwriter out of Austin via Asheville who has a sweet soulful voice with just the right amount of twang. She’s just signed to Captured Tracks and they’ll be releasing a 7″ on 9/16/16. She’s one to keep an eye on. Here’s a little more info on the track and video.
“Downhearted” is a melodic, soulful introduction which dives into the depths of love and lovesickness, giving voice to the desires that separate the two. Burch explains “she wanted ‘Downhearted’ to have that mix of feelings. Heartache, but also the freedom and lightness that comes with being alone, and realizing that you’re enough.”
For the video, she joined director and friend Jordan Moser to make something fun, simple and dreamy– sort of Françoise Hardy does East Austin.”