Molly Burch on her melancholic songs: “I love when people tell me my music has helped them through tough times”

By Mohani Niza

Molly Burch’s music has been described as “reflecting heartbreak and loss.” The Austin-based indie singer-songwriter agrees, telling The Culture Review Mag: “I love when people tell me that my music has helped them through break ups or tough times.”

Molly made her singing debut in 2017 with the album ‘Please Be Mine’ produced by Captured Tracks, a Brooklyn-based recording label that caters to independent music (their portfolio includes artists such as Wild Nothing, The Soft Moon, Beach Fossils, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Craft Spells and more). Captured Tracks describes Molly’s debut album as “ten beautiful, wistful love songs of loss, loneliness and reconnecting.”

The Austin Chronicle calls it “a quiet triumph.”

The first song, also of the same name as the album, is a haunting track that combines Molly’s husky and deep vocals with a melody that is reminiscent of jazz and fifties nostalgia.

The music video that comes with it is a raw yet stylish ode to the yesteryears (“I wanted the music video to emote romance and old-school glamour.”)

Other songs from the album, such as ‘Downhearted’ and ‘Not Today’, are also strong tracks.

It is not all melancholy and nostalgia with Molly. “I think because my debut album ‘Please Be Mine’ was a “break-up album”, listeners still see me as that,” she said. “I think as I keep putting out albums I will probably be seen differently because my music will explore different themes.”

Molly has since released two other albums: ‘First Flower’ in 2018 and ‘The Molly Burch Christmas Album’ in 2019 – both also produced by Captured Tracks. Pitchfork publication describes Burch’s voice in ‘First Flower’ as “so versatile that she can sing the same phrase over and over, each time giving it new meaning.”

‘First Flower’ is a more introspective album than ‘Please Be Mine.’ “I sing more about my pursuit to grow as a person and my anxieties and fears,” Molly said.

Molly used to grapple with anxiety while performing in font of the audience, something which she has said in a few interviews. “I was very shy and had terrible stage fright but I always loved to sing. My passion for singing helped me push past the fear and get to a place where I am now which is very comfortable on stage,” she said.

Molly was born in Los Angeles to a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, both whom she credits for her musical career.

She was exposed very early to the arts and counts artists such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera as her musical idols, saying, “I was obsessed, and still am, with women vocalists.”

Molly studied jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Upon graduation, she moved to Austin. She said, “I have grown so much as an artist living in Texas. It gives me room to breathe. The music community here is very close and non-competitive which I think is a great environment to thrive in.”

Molly is currently writing new music. She has toured Europe and dreams of touring Australia and Asia in the future.

Check out Molly Burch’s music on her Spotify page.

For more information about her, including performance dates, check out her website.