Please Be Mine is the debut album of Molly Burch, a singer trained in jazz vocal techniques but taking herself in slightly different directions when it comes to her own music. Along with her tight knit band, featuring Danny Toliver and Dan Duszynski, she recorded these cool, sweetly swinging songs in just a little over a day. Please Be Mine is out on Captured Tracks.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 February 2017
This is about my sixth review of the day and it’s singer-songwriter tranquility like I’ve never needed it before. An honest-to-god halftime slice of pop music, Molly Burch’s clean, nostalgic sound picks up where countrified indie rock left off, offering the same kind of twanged songwriting coupled with a dusty-but-clean production that’d make a country perfectionist like William Tyler very happy indeed.
Burch's songs have such control. That’s literally all I want to say here, thanks. On “Please Forgive Me” her voice careers in on an a cappella intro, navigating its way into the twanging and sparkling song. It’s an extremely simple and super cliched song, but it’s built-up so brilliantly that I can’t help but shirk all reviewer responsibilities and just love it. “Loneliest Heart” takes choosy chords and spreads them like butter over a forlorn ballad -- it moves from meander into the slowest, most sleuthing rhythm, Burch skipping zero beats in building the song slowly to its pinnacle of throwback love song.
I haven’t done a litmus test yet but I can safely say this is a good record to listen to in the evening, in some sort of lounge, maybe on your own. It’s melancholy but relaxed about it - in a way, Burch sounds more drawn to what kind of pop song has been wrought out of melancholy in the course of history than the feeling itself, and so she crafts songs that sound like the very height of their studies. Such a beautiful little record, even if you've heard it all before.
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