Following in the footsteps of her darling 2016 debut, Please Be Mine, First Flower is the sophomore full-length from Austin-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch.
As on her first go-around, Burch channels country-tinged ’60s crooners (à la Peggy Lee and Patsy Cline) with a breezy, tender touch. The album is a tremendously laid back affair, and Burch demonstrates an impressive range that puts her training as a jazz vocalist to good use.
Unlike Please Be Mine, its condensed production and perennial melancholy verges on monotony, cheating her songs of the heartstring-pulling power that makes past standouts like “Downhearted” such showstoppers.
While Molly Burch remains one of indie rock’s more interesting young voices, First Flower doesn’t blossom to its full potential.