Singer-songrwriter Molly Burch will join Leif Vollebek at The Olympic Venue on Saturday, May 6. Her addition to the show makes this a must see event. Burch released her stunning debut album, Please Be Mine in February. The album is a collection of 10 beautiful, wistful love songs of loss, loneliness and reconnecting. and the critics have been quick to offer praise. FADER noted that Molly “takes cues from old timers like Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline to create throaty mountains and valleys of sound. It’s retro country and soul in the best way.” Pitchfork said “Her smoky vocals soar over shimmering guitar riffs, as a wordless, cleansing coo, that closes out the song expels all her lovelorn thoughts.” UPROXX proclaimed, “Molly Burch’s tender-hearted two-step is poised to waltz all over 2017.”
Molly Burch was exposed to the arts at an early age. Growing up in Los Angeles with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch’s childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up for the University of North Carolina in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance.
“I was always really interested in singing before songwriting. I didn’t always have the confidence to write,” Molly says, “Initially it was more about finding the right songs to complement my voice.”
And that voice is the first thing you’ll notice on Burch’s debut album, Please Be Mine. It’s smoky, with an incredible range, effortlessly evocative of her early influences. It was in Asheville where Burch would meet guitarist Dailey Toliver, who plays on her debut, and who inspired much of its music.
Searching for a bigger pond, Burch moved to Austin, Texas in an effort to stand on her own two feet. There, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Joined by Toliver in Austin a year later, the two connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his idyllic studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. Motivated by the hourly rate, Burch and her band recorded all the basic tracks and vocals live in one room and in one day, with minimal overdubs for keys and back-up vocals happening a day later. A difficult task for any talented musician, it becomes more mind-blowing when you hear her belt it on tracks like “Downhearted” and “I Love You Still.”
Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk is currently touring in support of his sophomore album, Twin Solitude released in February. As Amanda Wicks at The Village Voice writes: With his stream of consciousness approach to lyricism, Vollebekk edges closer to a conversationalist than a true songster. A self-described graduate of the Bob Dylan School of Songwriting, Vollebekk latches onto phrases the way poets turn over language.
On his second record, meaning has more to do with feeling than any true message. After releasing his debut album North Americana in 2013, Vollebekk returns with Twin Solitude, a project that sits at the nexus of color and mood. He uses shades—like yellow or gold—to discuss his latest songs, which integrate indie-folk with a touch of jazz. The album exudes a meditative joy best encapsulated in pigments rather than overly exacting prose.
His lyrics undoubtedly form a key component, but thanks to uncomplicated melodies and sparse instrumentation—piano, drums, bass and the occasional sax, organ and strings—nothing feels overly cluttered.
“I feel like there are solutions in the songs.”
Read the full interview with Vollebekk here.
Tickets for Vollebekk and Burch are only $12 and are available here.
Saturday, May 6th
Leif Vollebekk with Molly Burch
$12 adv / $14 door
7pm doors / 8pm show