Anna Burch
Quit the Curse
Feb 2, 2018

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  • #67 Bandcamp (Best Albums of 2018)
  • #93 Under the Radar (Top 100 Albums of 2018)

Though the deceptively complex pop of Quit the Curse marks the debut of Anna Burch, it’s anything but the green first steps of a fledgling new artist. The Detroit singer/songwriter has been visible for the better part of her years-long career singing in Frontier Ruckus, or more recently co-fronting Failed Flowers, but somewhere along the way a vibrant collection of solo material slowly began taking form.

Growing up in Michigan, Burch’s fixation with music transitioned from a childhood of Disney and Carole King sing-alongs to more typically angsty teenage years spent covering Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple at open mic nights. By 18 she was deep into the lifestyle of the touring musician, juggling all the regular trials and changes of young life while on a schedule that would have her gone for months on end.

After a few whirlwind years of this, exhausted and feeling a little lost, she stepped away from music completely to attend grad school in Chicago. This respite lasted until 2014 when she moved to Detroit and found herself starting work in earnest on solo songs she’d been making casual demos of for a year or so. Friends had been encouraging her to dive into solo music, and one particularly enthusiastic friend, Chicago musician Paul Cherry, went so far as to assemble a band around scrappy phone demos to push for a fully realized album.

“Writing songs that I actually liked for the first time gave me a feeling of accomplishment," Burch said, "Like, I can do this too! But working with other musicians and hearing the songs go from sad singer/songwriter tunes to arranged pop songs gave me this giddy confidence that I'd never felt before.”

The process was drawn out and various drafts and recordings came and went as the months passed. By now Burch was playing low key shows and d.i.y. tours solo and had released some early versions of a few songs on a split with fellow Detroit musician Stef Chura. Even at a slow, meticulous pace, with every step the album took closer to completion, it felt more serious and more real. After a more than a year of piecemeal recording sessions, Burch was introduced to engineer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen) who helped push things energetically home, mixing the already bright songs into a state of brilliant clarity.

The nine songs that comprise Quit the Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it’s easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. The maddeningly absent lover being sung to in “2 Cool 2 Care”, the crowded exhaustion of “With You Every Day” or even the grim, paranoid tale of scoring drugs in “Asking 4 A Friend” sometimes feel overshadowed by the shimmering sonics that envelop them.

“To me this album marks the end of an era of uncertainty. Writing songs about my emotional struggles helped me to work through some negative patterns in my personal life, while giving me the sense of creative agency I'd been searching for.”

Emerging from years spent as a supporting player, Quit the Curse stands as a liberation from feeling like Burch’s own songwriting voice was just out of reach -- an opportunity, finally, for the world at large to hear what’s been on her mind for quite a while.


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    2 Cool 2 Care (3:50)
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    Tea-Soaked Letter (3:40)
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    Asking 4 a Friend (3:53)
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    Quit the Curse (2:53)
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    Belle Isle (3:37)
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    In Your Dreams (3:29)
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    What I Want (4:21)
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    Yeah You Know (2:58)
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    With You Every Day (4:17)


"An incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, she writes cloudless pop songs, jangly slacker-rock anthems, even starlight country ballads."


“With Quit the Curse, Burch has crafted one of the most succinct, refined pop albums in recent memory.”


“[Burch's] songs have some of the lo-fi finish and scrappy energy of 1990s indie-pop...but with a sharper edge. Frank and gratifying all the same, Burch’s tightly structured pop is an invigorating take on an evergreen sound.”


"Burch nails the thrills, anxieties, and heartbreaks that come with being in your twenties."


“Whether she's singing about falling for a drug dealer or self-sabotaging, you'll be completely charmed by her earnest nature and the honesty behind the harmonies.”


"...crazy-catchy... an homage to '60s girl groups and classic pop."


"Anna Burch’s debut album for Polyvinyl, Quit the Curse, is heavily reminiscent of ’90s singer-songwriter Liz Phair, both honest and confessional."

Under the Radar

“Comparisons to Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, and Eleanor Friedberger lie within her tight songwriting and infectious lyrics."

The Line of Best Fit

"A fluent collection of sun-soaked guitar pop that keeps going for your jugular."

Dork Magazine

"Quit the Curse feels self-complete but emotionally open: confident in its sound and ripe for an exciting live show without bringing closure to its subject. Its summertime palette of disappointment and joy, nonchalance and care, getting high and sinking low, romance and friendships, paint a life in transition, pink and cerulean. Like all great pop records, Burch’s debut wears heavy-hearted words with sparkly poise and a sense of potential."

Gold Flake Paint

“...we’re suckers for a hazy slice of sun-drenched melancholy, but Anna Burch might just be doing it better than any act we’ve heard this year.”

For The Rabbits

“Burch’s ’90s-nostalgic voice and tone pairs well with her simple, straightforward, poignant lyrics…”


"For a "debut" solo outing, filled with so much self-exploration and what you can and can not give in relationships and other aspects of life, Burch has created a strong and impassioned record."


"The bravery in hanging out such soiled laundry can’t go unnoticed, and it’s the album’s greatest asset… The fact it’s wrapped in such a lust indie-pop package only makes it more infatuating.”

Q Magazine

“...Anna Burch's defiant, clear vocals that slice effortlessly through the noise to deliver a no-nonsense message.”

The Grey Estates

"With a backbone of sturdy chord strums, the songs sway from '90s indebted indie to '60s girl group swagger."


“Burch feels lovably skeptical when touching on attraction and boredom; these are pop music staples for sure, but her spin on them is a fun one.”


“'2 Cool 2 Care,' plays with 1960s girl-group tropes, including sweet backing vocals, reverb-soaked guitars, and a lyrical nod to the oft-covered 'Crimson and Clover,' but the sunniness at its surface belies something thornier.”


“...a shimmering lo-fi landscape of romantic misadventures laced with frustration, mixed signals, and unreciprocated devotion. The record calls to mind the feeling of sending a text that is both delivered and read but ignored — an insatiable need to be noticed.”

Detroit Metro Times

“Anna Burch is a veteran of the Detroit music scene, which helps explains why “2 Cool 2 Care” lands like an old friend. There’s an instant familiarity and warmth to it that can be partially attributed to the song’s gentle sway — all oohs and ahhs and starry-eyed romanticism — but it hits even deeper than that.”


"Sonically sunny and upbeat, with plenty of indie inflections and slacker stylings, the song seems like a perfectly jaunty number."

The 405 on "Quit the Curse"

"Burch has a knack for complex chord changes and personable delivery, the kind that tempts you to blast her music in the car as an inexpensive form of therapy."


"If you thought indie writers had gotten too heartbroken and soft lately, Anna Burch is certainly the antidote. Burch’s bitter but smart writing makes every lyric cutting while she turns her music into deep introspection on the emotions behind every word. Merging the world’s of indie-rock, folk and even some country into her mix for an important reflection on being honest and human, Burch sounds like Julia Jacklin with a bone to pick."

Northern Transmissions

“...a tantalizing tease has taken form in the shape of new single “2 Cool 2 Care,” which oozes with ’60s girl-group goodness..”


"With butter-wouldn’t-melt vocals, harmonies indebted to sixties girl-groups, intricate bass parts and lush surf guitars... There are traces of the sugary pop cadence of bands like Alvvays and Best Coast, mixed with a lovably scruffy Tiger Trap liveliness—Burch mixes spontaneity and polish with total aplomb."

Gold Flake Paint

“Burch’s latest confirms that her strength lies in her clarity. Her lyrics as well as her delivery is so sharp and straightforward, there’s no way you won’t hear her...”


“With their mix of bliss-pop fizz, slacker drag and upbeat jangle, plus her crystalline vocal harmonies, Burch’s songs sound familiar but her lyrics cut straight through the warmth and sweetness..”

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  • 2 Cool 2 Care (4:04)
    Anna Burch
  • Tea-Soaked Letter (3:38)
    Ambar Navarro
  • With You Every Day (4:22)
    Ben Collins & Anna Burch

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