Anna Burch: Quit The Curse (2018)
Anna Burch is among the new crew of earnest, edgy female post-Liz Phair singer-songwriters, and while artists like Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy got a lot of ink last year, this is the album I've spent the most time with. This is one of those records that grows on you. On first spin, I thought, yeah, pretty good, I'll file it along with those others... and by the second time through I couldn't put it down.
She's got a great way with a hook, and even the more stripped down, downtempo tunes seem to pivot into an ear-candy chorus that will haunt you the rest of the day. While most of this fits comfortably into that gentle indie-folky vibe, Burch weaves in a little surf music guitar here and there, and adds a bit of buzz just when you need it. All with her haunting voice, a throwback to the classic 60s romantic pop singers of yore.
Take "In Your Dreams," a perfect example of a slow-building ballad, a wistful tropical sound, breaking out into a gut-wrenching chorus. Or opener "2 Cool 2 Care," almost like a quiet Elephant 6 indie pop track, and then she hits those high notes in the chorus and damn, I just lose it.
Check this one out. You'll dig it.
Here's the video for "2 Cool 2 Care":