Monday, July 24, 2017

Birch – Led by Mrs. Birsky's grandaughter

Away in Vermont writing my new album "", a collection of songs about the evolution of the female, how far we've come and how much further we have to go. How fitting that I should open up a desk drawer and find this newspaper clipping with a photo of my late grandmother.

She was a wife and a mother of 6. In fact, the title of the article reads "Mrs. Birsky of Springfield, VT Enjoys Being A Coaches Wife". No first name, no identity separate from her husband. I wonder what she would want me to say. How would she want me to use my voice...

From 'The Deli' – Emerging music from your local scene (New York City)
 We stumbled upon Birch (not to be confused with songwriter Diane Birch) a couple of times while blogging about other artists (and that's a good thing in itself), so finding the band's debut EP among the digital NYC submissions allowed us for a more in depth exposure to their music. Led by singer-songwriter/synth player Michelle Birsky and her expressive alto, the trio plays an edgy brand of electro pop, where buzzy synths and fuzzy guitars contribute in equal measure to a sound that's as full as it is articulated. Opener 'Fighting Words' (streaming) marries a Devoesque drum/buzzy synth pattern with Eastern sounding guitar riffs and Michelle's saturated vocals, while featuring a structure that delays the pop explosion until minute 1'40". Fans of early Best Coast will enjoy the evocative second and third tracks "Carolyn" and 'Halfway.' Birch just released a cover song/video combo of Pixies' 'Where is my mind?"   

Birch Music Video:


  1. Too bad Birsky the younger has now acquired the identity of Mrs. Birsky's granddaughter. Exactly the lack of identity that her grandmother experienced as Coach Birsky's wife and grandchild is carping about. Just another whiney snowflake...

  2. WEIRD WOMEN!!!!


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