Release Date 04/27/2021
(Captured Tracks) SubModern, AAA
Today, Austin-based singer and songwriter Molly Burch announces the release of her fourth studio album Romantic Images, out July 23rd via Captured Tracks. The announcement is accompanied by the release of the exhilarating album opener “Control” that hears Burch make peace with letting go paired with its mesmerizing, fashion-forward video directed by Jackie Lee Young and Burch. The track sets the stage for the album’s guiding light: Burch’s radical choice to shed the anxiety and insecurity of her twenties and embark upon a confident embrace of her truest self. The result is an intoxicating collection that prioritizes ecstasy and escape, and forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation. The album also features recently released hit “Emotion” ft. Wild Nothing that earned widespread critical praise including as one of Cosmopolitan’s Best Songs of 2021 so far.
Romantic Images marks a distinct evolution for Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey. Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine. Written with the live show in mind, it’s easy to hear Burch’s commitment to collective catharsis in her lifted, airy delivery, which manages to exude both thoughtful introspection and carefree abandon all at once. The album was recorded over two weeks at Moore and Riley’s home studio with Burch and her bandmates--guitarist Dailey Toliver and drummer Thom Washburn. Gloria Kaba (Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest), Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepson, Solange Knowles), and Heba Kadry (Bjork, Beach House) mixed and mastered the album.
Born and raised in southern California, Burch grew up infatuated with classic torch singers like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, which led her to study jazz vocal performance in college. After graduation, she settled down outside Austin, TX, where she recorded her breakout 2017 debut, Please Be Mine, over the course of a single day. The album prompted an avalanche of critical acclaim and landed on a slew of Best Of lists, with Pitchfork hailing its “smoky vocals” and “shimmering guitar riffs.” A year later, she followed it up with the similarly well-received First Flower, which prompted GQ to proclaim that “Burch has the voice of an angel” and spurred NPR’s World Café to add that “she’s got the songwriting chops to back it up.” Never one to settle for the obvious, Burch returned again in 2019 with a full-length holiday LP, The Molly Burch Christmas Album” which turned out to be far more consequential than she realized at the time and featured John Early and Kate Berlant on the Wham! classic “Last Christmas” along with heartland hits like "Hard Candy Christmas" and "Snowqueen of Texas" and more.