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If You're Dreaming
Anna Burch
Heavenly Recordings
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April 3, 2020

Anna Burch released her brand new album 'If You're Dreaming' on April 2nd, 2020 via Heavenly Recordings. Produced by Sam Evian in his home studio in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York.

The first pressing is on opaque purple vinyl edition and is available on standard CD. All vinyl comes with a download card and code.

“Anna Burch’s second album, ‘If You’re Dreaming’ feels and sounds like the first rays of sunshine after a long Icy winter.” ”…carefully crafted melodies give the record a warm dreamy folk feel.” – DORK ★★★★ | “While her voice remains breezy, follow-up ‘If You’re Dreaming’ is a different beast: slower in pace and softer in tone, the weariness of touring life sneaking into the party-girl lyrics.” - Uncut ★★★

When Anna Burch introduced herself on her 2018 debut Quit The Curse it was with a concentrated wash of energetic, serotonin boosting pop. Jangly guitars, blithe vocal harmonies and an occasional undercurrent of grungy fuzz all converged in seemingly straightforward songs that hid their complexities under sunny hooks. The impact of the songs was immediate and exciting, presenting narratives of confusion and upheaval with melodies so bright it was hard to do anything but smile. Two years later, Burch’s follow up If You’re Dreaming takes us down a different path than its pre decessor, shedding some nervous energy in favor of a deeper exploration of an internal world. After months on the road in support of Quit The Curse, Burch disappeared for a while. The long stretches of touring had been broken up by only a few weeks off he re and there, and a month spent writing in Berlin between European dates. The time she did get to spend at home in Detroit was disrupted by several unexpected housing changes, adding to the transient feelings brought on by constant touring. When things fin ally stabilized, Burch encamped into a slow, thoughtful and intentional writing process for what would become the second album. Days were spent playing guitar, exploring unconventional chord changes, ruminating on song structures and allowing her subconscious to wander until lyrics materialized. Though about half of the songs were already written, this time was dedicated to taking a closer look at the loose ends of three years of ideas and seeing if there were common threads that held them together. If You’re Dreaming was tracked with producer Sam Evian in his home studio in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York. Where the first album had been a rush of inspired songwriting followed by a drawn out process of arrangement and mixing, Burch and Evian worked with self-imposed time limitations to establish a sharper focus and get to the core of the new songs. The work was swift but somehow more relaxed, locking into a groove of tracking the basic elements and then expanding on the arrangements with overdubs and auxiliary instrumentation. The end goal was to present not just an assortment of new songs, but craft an album that moved dynamically through an interconnected emotional arc. With recurring themes of isolation, weariness and longing, these songs deliv er that emotional arc with a delicate but uncompromising execution. Burch’s intrinsically catchy songwriting dials down the urgency of her debut a notch, taking a turn towards airy, jazz voiced chords, floating reverb and an expansion of the sonic palate with unexpected instrumentation. The soft rock bass grooves and understated saxophone lines of “Not So Bad” push an impressive pop structure into exciting new territory, and the sweetly melancholic “Tell Me What’s True” centers around muted electric piano, its languid but metered vibe recalling the gentler side of Carole King.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Can't Sleep 4:36 Buy

    Can't Sleep

  2. 2 Party's Over 2:42 Buy

    Party's Over

  3. 3 Jacket 3:36 Buy


  4. 4 So I Can See 3:22 Buy

    So I Can See

  5. 5 Ask Me To 3:24 Buy

    Ask Me To

  6. 6 Keep It Warm 1:40 Buy

    Keep It Warm

  7. 7 Go It Alone 3:18 Buy

    Go It Alone

  8. 8 Tell Me What's True 3:48 Buy

    Tell Me What's True

  9. 9 Not So Bad 3:15 Buy

    Not So Bad

  10. 10 Picture Show 1:07 Buy

    Picture Show

  11. 11 Every Feeling 4:27 Buy

    Every Feeling

  12. 12 Here With You 2:56 Buy

    Here With You

Anna Burch

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