First Flower is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch‘s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist.
Molly Burch returns with her sophomore album, First Flower set for release Friday 5 October viaCaptured Tracks / Remote Control. Today she’s unveiled the album’s lead single, the wistful, ‘Wild‘, a song about the desire for self-acceptance via The FADER. “I wanted to write a song that made me feel at peace with my imperfections and celebrate others without putting them on pedestals” Burch explains.
Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album Please Be Mine, a ten-track ode to unrequited romance that she wrote after studying Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Please Be Mine earned praise from critics for her smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.
Unlike Please Be Mine, which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, First Flowerexplores broken friendships, her relationship to her sister, and more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety. Burch, a soft-spoken, careful person who shoves her nervousness away on a daily basis.
“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” she says of Please Be Mine. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”
After a year of touring Please Be Mine all over North America, Europe and the UK, Burch returned to Texas to decompress. She began to bounce her ideas off bandmate and boyfriend, Dailey Toliver, who would contribute guitar parts and orchestration suggestions. The hurricanes kept them locked at home, where they forced themselves to record demos and pump out as much material as possible. Slowly, the album took shape and First Flower became real. When it came time to record, Burch chose to work with Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders in Austin.
Pre-order First Flower: https://mollyburch.lnk.to/-firstflower