As part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) ongoing Metro Music Series, singer-songwriter Molly Burch will headline a show, with opener Seph(ra), at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
“Molly’s label, Captured Tracks, is one of my favorite current indie labels. As soon as I heard her album I knew she would be great for the Performance Lab,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “We are also lucky to have her do a Q&A with our students while she is at our venue. I predict she will be having great success with her new album and it’s exciting we are able to bring her here to perform.”
Burch, based in Austin, Texas, burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album “Please Be Mine,” a 10-track ode to unrequited romance, written after studying jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. “Please Be Mine” earned critical praise for Burch’s smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.
“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” Burch said. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”
It was an intimidating goal for her, but her follow-up, “First Flower,” finally bloomed. It is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Unlike “Please Be Mine,” which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, “First Flower” explores broken friendships, her relationship with her sister and, more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety.
“I do not have the answers by any means, but I wanted to talk about those imperfections,” Burch said. “I wouldn’t want someone who listens to my music to think that I have it all figured out. I don’t. ‘First Flower’ is me being transparent.”
Fans will hear songs from her sophomore effort during the show. She will release the 11-track record on Oct. 5.
Seph(ra), an experimental, avant-garde, alternative folk act, out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Oklahoma City, will open the show. ACM@UCO lecturer Sephra Scheuber leads the act, as her sound hints at influences like Fiona Apple, Neutral Milk Hotel, Natalie Marchant and Bright Eyes. Seph(ra)’s most recent release is 2017’s “Pieces of Schema.”
Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.
The 2018-19 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.