Austin-based chanteuse Molly Burch drops her fourth studio album Romantic Images via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. Romantic Images is an intoxicating collection that prioritises ecstasy and escape, and forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation. The album features previously released singles including one of Cosmopolitan’s Best Songs of 2021 so far, ‘Emotion ft Wild Nothing’; “confident, unrequited love anthem” (FLOOD) ‘Heart of Gold’; “dreamy” (BrooklynVegan) ‘Control’; and “delightfully campy” (Nylon) ‘Took A Minute’, the video for the latter of which co-starred RuPaul Drag Race’s Cynthia Lee Fontaine.
Romantic Images marks a distinct evolution for Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey. Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine. Written with the live show in mind, it’s easy to hear Burch’s commitment to collective catharsis in her lifted, airy delivery, which manages to exude both thoughtful introspection and carefree abandon all at once. The album was recorded over two weeks at Moore and Riley’s home studio with Burch and her bandmates–guitarist Dailey Toliver and drummer Thom Washburn. Gloria Kaba (Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest), Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepson, Solange Knowles) mixed and Heba Kadry (Bjork, Beach House) mastered the album.