Molly Burch is happy to announce the forthcoming release of her debut album Please Be Mine out on Friday 17th February 2017 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control. Premiering via Stereogum, Burch shares the album track ‘Try’ – “a spacious and sweet throwback number.”
Since announcing her signing to Captured Tracks Burch has also released single, ‘Downhearted,’ sparking high praise from Fader: “[Her] voice is a time capsule. The Austin-based singer-songwriter [takes] cues from old timers like Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline to create throaty mountains and valleys of sound. It’s retro country and soul in the best way.”
Molly Burch was exposed to the arts at an early age. Growing up in Los Angeles 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 University of North Carolina 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 Please Be Mine. It’s smoky, with an incredible range, and effortlessly evocative of her early influences. It was in Asheville where Burch would meet guitarist Dailey Toliver, who plays on her debut, and who inspired much of its music.
Searching new surrounds, Burch moved to Austin, Texas in an effort to stand on her own two feet. There, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Joined by Toliver in Austin a year later, the two connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his idyllic studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. Motivated by the hourly rate, Burch and her band recorded all the basic tracks and vocals live in one room and in one day, with minimal overdubs for keys and back-up vocals happening a day later.