Brooklyn, NY indie trio Birch have released their ‘Halfway’ EP, which was recently streamed in its entirety via PopMatters.
The band has also released an video for the single ‘Halfway’ that is available to watch via YouTube.
The songs themselves are a combination of narrative and emotional storytelling. Each song is based on a specific story, but the lyrics can be elusive at times, triggering emotion rather than a specific narrative. ‘Halfway’, for example, is based on Michelle’s time in Vermont and is about the places your mind goes when it is left alone for extended periods of time. ‘Fighting Words’ is an angst-y tribute to her hometown in Connecticut and draws from stories of her peers who grew up with ultra-conservative parents. Throughout the four songs of the EP, there are underlying dichotomies: past vs. present, nature vs. metropolis, acoustic vs. electronic, as well as the underlying theme of growing up in a digital age and what it’s like to be young now.
Birch is the project of singer/songwriter Michelle Birsky. The band, which includes Mat Towles on bass and Emma Munger on guitar blends elements of rock, pop, singer/songwriter, and electronica, never quite settling on one genre. With ambient electronic instrumentation, lush vocal looping, and unconventional song form, Birch seeks to create a unique, contemporary sound while maintaining the strength and significance of traditional songwriting.
‘Halfway’ is available to purchase via iTunes and can be streamed from their soundcloud page.
01. Fighting Words