Molly Burch Announces New Album First Flower Coming October 5th On and Unveils Video For Lead Single "Wild"
Molly Burch returns with her sophomore album, First Flower - a walk-through her most intimate thoughts. Today, she's unveiled the album's lead single, the wistful, "Wild", a song about the desire for self-acceptance. "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.
The video for "Wild", directed by Luca Venter, see's Molly embracing three different characters; insecure, over confident and a wise one that balances the two. Molly adds, "it shines light on the absurdity of the 'grass is always greener' mentality. I think for the most part we all share pretty similar fears and insecurities. Or at least that's what I'm hoping."
In a small-town South of Austin, Texas vocalist and songwriter Molly Burch is relaxing in her sunny country home. The Los Angeles native has found tranquility in the outskirts of Texas, appreciating time on the front porch as cicadas sing in the distance behind her.
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 Flower explores 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.
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. Burch has announced a headlining UK / EU tour this November which will run through to December in support of the new album, which sees its release on Captured Tracks October 5th. Check below for a full list of dates and for further details on how to reserve a copy, go here.
Molly Burch Live Dates:
SEP 7 - Raleigh, NC / Hopscotch Festival
OCT 5-7 - Austin, TX / ACL Festival
OCT 8 - New Orleans, LA / Gasa Gasa
OCT 9 - Atlanta, GA / 529
OCT 10 - Asheville, NC / Mothlight
OCT 11 - Richmond, VA / Gallery 5
OCT 12 - Washington DC / Songbyrd
OCT 13 - New York, NY / Rough Trade
OCT 14 - Boston, MA / Middle East Upstairs
OCT 15 - Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brendas
OCT 16 - Pittsburgh, PA / Funhouse @ Mr. Small's
OCT 17 - Columbus, OH / Rumba
OCT 18 - Nashville, TN / Fond Object
OCT 20 - Austin, TX / Barracuda
OCT 24 - Tucson, AZ / Club Congress
OCT 25 - San Diego, CA / Soda Bar
OCT 26 - Los Angeles, CA / Bootleg Theater
OCT 27 - San Francisco, CA / Cafe Du Mond
OCT 29 - Portland, OR / Polaris Hall
OCT 30 - Seattle, WA / Sunset Tavern
NOV 3 - Boise, ID / Funky Taco
NOV 4 - Salt Lake City, UT / Kilby Court
NOV 5 - Denver, CO / Lost Lake
NOV 17 - Tours, FR / Le Temps de Machine
NOV 18 - Paris, FR / Le Pop Up Du Label
NOV 19 - Stuttgart, DE / Kellerclub
NOV 20 - Lucerne, CH / Neubad
NOV 21 - Munich, DE / Unter Deck
NOV 22 - Budapest, HU / A38 Gallery
NOV 23 - Vienna, AT / Blue Bird Festival
NOV 24 - Jena, DE / Glashaus
NOV 25 - Berlin, DE / Privatclub
NOV 26 - Hamburg, DE / Aalhaus
NOV 27 - Amsterdam, NL / Paradiso
NOV 28 - Amiens, FR / La Lune des Pirates
NOV 30 - Gent, BE / Trefunt
DEC 01 - Margate, UK / Tom Thumb Theatre
DEC 02 - Brighton, UK / Komedia
DEC 03 - Birmingham, UK / Hare & Hounds
DEC 04 - London, UK / The Lexington
DEC 05 - Liverpool, UK / Buyer's Club
DEC 06 - Dublin, IRL / The Grand Social
DEC 07 - Manchester, UK / Night & Day