Naturally, anything coming from Captured Tracks is going to be held to an exceedingly high standard; churning out masterpiece after masterpiece over the past few years, including the likes of Mac DeMarco and Diiv, the label isn’t known for encouraging anything less than brilliance. And so (rather unsurprisingly), Molly Burch establishes her deserved place within the Captured folds via her gorgeously poignant debut Please Be Mine.
Previously unveiled track ‘Try’ has all the melodic reverberation and groove of hula dancers on the beach, this chilled back vibe is then carefully layered with the wistful nostalgia that runs constant through the LP. ‘Please Forgive Me’ sways softly with the sophisticated tone Burch has already mastered, giving the piece a simplistic yet deeply touching flair.
Even with her angelic vocals, Burch comes as close as she can to anger on standout track ‘Fool’. Resentment and heartbreak echo while her voice peaks in passion as she croons words of regret, slipping with ease into bouts of sighing melodia. ‘Wrong For You’ is delicately poignant in its questioning aura and yet again brings Burch’s vocals to centre stage.
‘Loneliest Heart’ is slow, stripped back and ripe with emotions, juxtaposed with the bouncier, infectious ‘Torn To Pieces’, a clear display of Burch’s budding talent and rightful place as Captured Tracks’ latest protégée.
Hushed, closing track ‘I Love You Still’ wraps up the record in its distinguished style, leaving its listener as stirred and melancholic as opener ‘Downhearted’, another ode to romantic loss behind a guise of wispy rhythm and breathy tones.
When you’re feeling down in the dumps and need a sympathetic ear to accompany your frets, stick Please Be Mine on and recline. Burch exudes class and maturity, and all the while allows her audience to share in her recollection of heartache and pain. A beautiful, spell-bounding record.
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