Album of the Week: Molly Burch’s Please Be Mine

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Torch songs, i.e. “sentimental love songs, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited love,” were once the flagship of every respected crooner: with sultry lonesomeness, a smooth voice would dance above the elegant orchestra accompaniment, singing of lovers lost or unreciprocated romance.

Fitting comfortably in the gap between Angel Olsen and Lana Del Rey, Molly Burch’s debut Please Be Mine (Captured Tracks) is a collection of compelling torch songs, reminiscent of a gothic Frankie Avalon; the 1950s-inspired songwriting is the perfect counterpart to Burch’s amazing, deep voice, charming without ever being sugary.

“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.” We couldn’t be happier she finally did! Watch two videos from the new album after the jump.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →