anna burch Quit the Curse (CD, £10.50)label: heavenly
Detroit’s Anna Burch releases her debut album. The nine songs that comprise ‘Quit The Curse’ come on sugary and upbeat but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it’s easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. The maddeningly absent lover being sung to in ‘2 Cool 2 Care’, the crowded exhaustion of ‘With You Every Day’ or even the grim, paranoid tale of scoring drugs in ‘Asking 4 A Friend’ sometimes feel overshadowed by the shimmering sonics that envelop them. Though the deceptively complex pop of ‘Quit The Curse’ marks the debut of Anna Burch, it’s anything but the green first steps of a fledgling new artist. Growing up in Michigan, her fixation with music transitioned from a childhood of Disney and Carole King singalongs to more typically angsty teenage years spent covering Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple at open mic nights. “To me this album marks the end of an era of uncertainty. Writing songs about my emotional struggles helped me to work through some negative patterns in my personal life, while giving me the sense of creative agency I'd been searching for.” Emerging from years spent as a supporting player, ‘Quit The Curse’ stands as a liberation from feeling like Burch’s own songwriting voice was just out of reach - an opportunity, finally, for the world at large to hear what’s been on her mind for quite a while. Early praise for Anna Burch’s music: “Frank and gratifying all the same, Burch’s tightly structured pop is an invigorating take on an evergreen sound.” - Pitchfork; “Anna Burch is a veteran of the Detroit music scene, which helps explains why ‘2 Cool 2 Care’, the first single from her upcoming solo debut LP, lands like an old friend. There’s an instant familiarity and warmth to it that can be partially attributed to the song’s gentle sway - all oohs and ahs and starry-eyed romanticism - but it hits even deeper than that.” - Stereogum.
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