On September 29, Molly Burch releases her fourth album Daydreamer, a rich and vibrant collection that juggles gleaming pop melodies and production with some of the most personal lyrics she has penned to date. Headliner joins her to find about how she had to rediscover her love of music making and navigating life as a musician an in increasingly demanding industry…
It's early AM in LA and Molly Burch is smiling and sipping on a cup of coffee when she appears on our screen via Zoom. It’s a couple of weeks before the release of her new album Daydreamer and she has only just moved back to her hometown after spending the best part of a decade living in Austin, Texas. Despite the early hour, a typically hectic pre-release schedule and, of course, a major relocation, she’s in good spirits and generous with her time, happy to speak at length about the most personal aspects of her towering new record and her love hate relationship with the music industry.
“I’m from LA originally but I haven’t been back since I graduated high school,” she says, explaining her decision to return home. “I spent my adult years in smaller cities and I was in Nashville for a while and Austin for the past eight years, so it’s been a transition but it’s so nice being back near my family and a lot of my friends... 2023 has been a roller-coaster!
"I’ve always felt drawn to smaller cities and cosy, slow-paced life, so I didn’t really feel the need to come back to LA, but once the pandemic happened I was touring less and I was in Austin full time and my boyfriend and I, who is also in my band, felt we needed to try something new. We just needed a change and it’s been great.”
Released on September 29, Daydreamer is a glorious slice of melancholy pop; a confection of thickly layered synths, brass, and swooning strings shot through with some of the most intimate, introspective lyrics Burch has committed to record so far. At time, it feels like a diary set to music, with explorations of childhood, romance, the trappings of the music business, and the loss of a high school friend who took their own life. It’s a career-defining statement of a record and one that reveals new depths with each listen.
Arriving two years after her third album Romantic Images, Burch says the making of Daydreamer was very different to its predecessor, emanating from a period of post-pandemic darkness.