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.” .