MOLLY BURCH

Q (UK) - - Review -

FIRST FLOWER CAP­TURED TRACKS, OUT 5 OC­TO­BER Sur­pris­ingly up­beat takes on anx­i­ety and self-doubt. On her 2017 de­but, Please Be Mine, Amer­i­can indie/folk singer Molly Burch doc­u­mented heart­break; here, she’s on to her strug­gle with anx­i­ety. But First Flower isn’t as down­beat as that sug­gests: jan­gly gui­tars and Hawai­ian-tinged melodies shroud Burch’s en­tic­ing voice, poised be­tween An­gel Olsen and Ju­lia Jack­lin. There are mo­ments of bril­liance – the ti­tle track fea­tures a stun­ning gui­tar sec­tion, while Ev­ery Lit­tle Thing is a pow­er­ful re­minder of the im­por­tance of self-for­give­ness – yet First Flower oc­ca­sion­ally fails to live up to its pre­de­ces­sor. Thank­fully, Burch’s tal­ent for writ­ing songs that make you feel un­der­stood hasn’t been lost. Any­one who’s known anx­i­ety or self-doubt will find a friend here. HAN­NAH FLINT Lis­ten To: Ev­ery Lit­tle Thing | Wild | With­out You

In bloom: Molly Burch’s sec­ond LP has “mo­ments of bril­liance.” .

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