Molly Burch shares new single ‘Tattoo’ taken from her new album Daydreamer via Captured Tracks & produced by Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum.
Molly Burch shares new single ‘Tattoo’, the third offering from her upcoming album Daydreamer out 29th September via Captured Tracks. The song is dedicated to her late best friend, Lena, and is an ethereal ballad featuring sweeping harp and backup vocals from Hannah Kim (Luna Li). Accompanying the song is a video created by Burch and Lena's sister.
Molly shares about the process of writing the song,
"I wrote this song for my best friend Lena who passed away when we were 19. She was truly the most special person I've ever known. It's hard to describe her.
She was the most fearless, daring person who did anything for a laugh. For example, on our senior year scavenger hunt she got a teacher's name tattoo'd on her ass. That isn't the tattoo I'm referring to on this song, though.
Before she passed she got a symbol on her breast bone that meant 'no fear.' After she passed I decided to get the same tattoo in the same place so I would always have her close to my heart and remember to not be afraid.
I wrote this song for her because Daydreamer is about my relationship to music and she was the first person I played music with. I hope it does her justice."
Molly adds about bringing the music video to life,
"For the music video, I collaborated with Lena's sister Mia --who I am deeply close with. We wanted to show footage of Lena and paint a picture of what she was like.
We added in public domain footage of nature and visuals that reminded us of her. The line in the song 'I wanna tell you it's okay, even though it's crazy, you wouldn't believe it, I think you would hate it' refers to how much she's missed since she's passed.
Social media, climate disasters -- as much as I wish she was here today, I think she would have had a really hard time with modern life. She had a severely sensitive soul. I added footage of wildfires, earthquakes, and water pollution to represent what I was saying with this line.
I hope this song reaches people who have experienced great loss and can be a comfort to them. I share this with love."
Having recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, the beginnings of her latest album came together after Burch found her old diaries from age 13 and younger. Renowned for her captivating vocals and vivid depictions of love and loss, Molly takes on a new form in Daydreamer, focusing on the relationship she has with herself as well as the personal highs and lows that inform her self-identity.
“Growing up I was extremely shy and filled with self hatred. I would hide out in my bedroom to watch TV and daydream. I was so uncomfortable in my body and that was the age I started dealing with body dysmorphia, which later formed into an eating disorder.
It was also the age I started realising I could sing, and how badly I wanted to pursue that, but told myself I couldn’t,”
Burch said, realising how cruel she was to herself then, and how she still harbours many of those same self-critiques. It was this reflection that forced her to take responsibility for where she was currently at in life and to try to let go of old habits.
Daydreamer boasts a sharper, much cleaner production approach and a bit more pop than Burch’s previous records, thanks to producer Jack Tatum. Molly shares,
“I had worked with Jack before on our co-written song ‘Emotion’ that we put out in 2020. When deciding who would produce Daydreamer I knew I wanted it to be Jack as soon as I started writing. We have similar taste and sensibilities and I look up to him so much.”
There are Japanese city pop inspirations, horns, strings, and more ballads, with a throughline of Molly’s masterful, shimmering vocals taking centre stage. The result is music that feels stirring and sweeping, pulling in sounds and influences of the past, while also propelling Burch into a further development of herself as an artist.
Burch will also be heading on a North American tour across 18 cities starting in the birthplace of her last three albums Austin, Texas and finishing in her hometown of Los Angeles with support from Christelle Bofale. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
out 29th September 2023 via Captured Tracks
09/29 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside
09/30 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs
10/01 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10/03 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Purgatory
10/04 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
10/06 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
10/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
10/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/11 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
10/13 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
10/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
10/15 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/17 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
10/18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/20 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
10/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
10/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Highland Park Ebell
Tickets on-sale HERE