In 2017, indie music—specifically women in indie music—ruled the year. Phoebe Bridgers, Julie Byrne and Molly Burch all released albums that caught the attention of indie lovers and music lovers alike, perfectly coinciding with the women's movement and overall women empowerment in 2017.
“I feel like with everything happening in our country and with the election and the women’s movement, maybe that has something to do with it. I don’t think it’s anything new, though, "Burch told AXS before she heads out on tour. "Female musicians, it’s not a new concept. It’s just really exciting, we have so many female songwriters and voices. It’s just happening more. It’s more in the forefront. I hope it continues.”
Burch, who released her debut album Please Be Mine a little over a year ago, proved to listeners that she's not just a singer—she's a songwriter as well.
“It was my first album and it definitely represented a personal album. I guess a theme I dealt with was relationships," Burch said. "That, and it was a lot about love and self-acceptance, and self-growth. It was a collection of the first songs that I had ever written, because I was sort of late to that. It was a good representation of good beginnings of songwriting for me.”
While Burch was one of the indie artists that stood out last year, her style still differs from others. She went to school for jazz vocals and it definitely is portrayed on her album. With influences such as Nina Simone, Lauryn, Hill and Billie Holiday, a singer is bound to stand out from her peers.
Burch just begin tour, opening for Australian musician, singer and songwriter Alex Cameron. The two will be stopping for two nights at Los Angeles' Lodge Room at Highland Park Feb. 22 and 23, and will make their way across the country to wrap up the tour for two nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, March 10 and 12. Grab select tickets right here.
“It’s a little different setup. For our past U.S. tours we’ve been a full band, but this one will be kind of stripped down, I am playing with two guitarists. I’ll just be singing, " Burch said. "It will definitely be a more intimate setup. That’s just what I thought would be right for this tour.”