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First Flower cAp­TUred TrAcKs 8/10 More dreamy, torchy coun­try-pop good­ness from austin break­out

One of last year’s most be­guil­ing de­buts, the Austin-based singer’s Please Be Mine seemed like a prod­uct of an­other time and place – or rather, of the same sweet­yet-sin­is­ter ver­sion of 1950s Amer­ica of­ten tra­versed by David Lynch. Recorded with Black An­gels pro­ducer Erik Wof­ford, this equally fine sopho­more ef­fort sees Burch take a few steps into the present. With their mix of dream-pop drift and coun­try­poli­tan el­e­gance, songs like “Wild” and First Flower’s gor­geous ti­tle track could be Beach House if pro­duced by Owen Bradley. “Good Be­hav­ior” is the most ar­rest­ing ev­i­dence of Burch’s swift de­vel­op­ment as both a dis­tinc­tive vo­cal­ist and a canny pur­veyor of coun­try-pop bal­ladry and smoky jazz torch songs. Ja­Son an­DEr­Son

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