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If You're Dreaming
Artist
Anna Burch
Label
Heavenly Recordings
Catalogue Number
HVNLP177
Release Date
3 April 2020
  • Vinyl, 1×LP, Limited Edition

    Pre-order $20.99

    Limited edition purple vinyl

    Includes download.

    Estimated shipping: 2 April 2020

  • CD

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    Estimated shipping: 2 April 2020

  • Download

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    320 kbps, LAME-encoded

    Released: 3 April 2020

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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.

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  1. 1 Can't Sleep Anna Burch 4:36
  2. 2 Party's Over Anna Burch 2:42
  3. 3 Jacket Anna Burch 3:36
  4. 4 So I Can See Anna Burch 3:22
  5. 5 Ask Me To Anna Burch 3:24
  6. 6 Keep It Warm Anna Burch 1:40
  7. 7 Go It Alone Anna Burch 3:18
  8. 8 Tell Me What's True Anna Burch 3:48
  9. 9 Not So Bad Anna Burch 3:15
  10. 10 Picture Show Anna Burch 1:07
  11. 11 Every Feeling Anna Burch 4:27
  12. 12 Here With You Anna Burch 2:56

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