Birch

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NYC-based indie pop artist Birch, the moniker for musician and producer Michelle Birsky, produces music that passionately deconstructs societal norms. Coupled with an extensive knowledge of music production and live instrumentation, Birch’s sound puts a synth-driven twist on tracks reminiscent of Bon Iver and St. Vincent.

Deriving from a small town in Connecticut, Birch kept her songwriting to herself for the majority of her life. Playing guitar comfortably alone in her bedroom, not performing in front of a crowd until furthering her studies at Kenyon College of Ohio. After immersing herself in music theory and composition studies, Birch learned to let her songs bleed into each other while incorporating core themes that run throughout; sparking her love for writing concept albums.

Birch has been releasing music and making waves in the Brooklyn scene for a few years now. Incredibly motivated by raising the female voice in society, Birch brands her music as feminist synth-pop. Female empowerment and gender equality are two causes very important to Birch. She often participates in marches and protests, donates regularly to Planned Parenthood and strives to use her platform to make a difference in the community.

Allowing the world's events to inspire and motivate her creatively, Birch is not afraid of using her voice in a positive, impactful way. Her record, femme.one, is set to release everywhere in the Spring of 2019.

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01.25.19//Brooklyn Artist Birch Debuts Ethereal New Single “Spelling Lessons”

Brooklyn Artist Birch Debuts Ethereal New Single “Spelling Lessons”




Synth-pop Singer Songwriter Debuts Hypnotizing Single Ahead of Album “femme.one”










Brooklyn, NY – Feminist synth-pop artist channels her personal experiences and music production into an enchanting persona, Birch. Putting a synth-driven spin on tracks reminiscent of legends like Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Birch debuts her ethereal single, “Spelling Lessons.” “Spelling Lessons” is now available for streaming and digital download worldwide.

Accompanying the soft, feminine production of “Spelling Lessons,” Birch introduces the world to her angelic, almost whisper-like voice. On top of the soothing vocals, the song’s lyrics powerfully express a woman’s fear of speaking out in today’s society. Inspired by the 2016 election, Birch found herself writing while trying to understand her place in the world as a woman. Pairing that newfound understanding with her extensive background in music comprehension, “Spelling Lessons” gracefully embodies the confusion she felt. “‘Spelling Lessons’ is a song about first experiences with sexist behavior. The first time I was taught that girls exist FOR boys, not WITH boys,” explains Birch. “I was in 6th grade and I bent over in the library to grab a book. My shirt rode up a bit showing part of my back and the librarian standing nearby chastised me telling me, "Young lady, your back is showing. I won't have you in here distracting the boys." I was shocked, confused and embarrassed. Too young to have been sexualized yet, I couldn't understand why my body would somehow distract the boys from learning. Instead of yelling at girls for their clothes being too short, why can't we just teach boys that girls are not objects?”

Utilizing her education from Kenyon College in Ohio, Birch brought her knowledge of music theory and composition into the studio. Working alongside co-producer, Ariel Loh (Yoke Lore, Cape Francis), “Spelling Lessons” infuses lusher instrumentation and a blend of electronic and acoustic elements. Loh captures listeners by marrying the intangible feeling of nostalgia and longing in Birch’s voice to the soft tempo changes and horn samples throughout the song. “Spelling Lessons” is the latest single off Birch’s forthcoming album, femme.one, a feminist concept album that follows a chronological personal narrative of being a woman in today’s society.

As a voice for female empowerment, Birch strives to remind everyone that we are all human. Birch is ready to make waves with her upcoming album, femme.one, available April 5, 2019. “Spelling Lessons” is now available for streaming and digital download worldwide. Keep up with all things Birch at BirchMusicNyc.com.



04.05.19//Indie Artist BIRCH Releases Feminist Concept Album "femme.one"

Indie Artist BIRCH Releases Feminist Concept Album "femme.one"




Brooklyn Based Musician Explores How It Feels To Be A Woman In Today's Society










Brooklyn, NY - Synth-pop singer-songwriter Birch delivers her feminist concept album, femme.one, showcasing her own personal experience as a woman in today's society. Birch uses lush instrumentation of electronic and acoustic elements that put you in her eye while sharing the relationship she has developed with feminism. The album is now available on digital music platforms worldwide.

Following the release of her singles "femme.two," "Labor Fruit" and "Spelling Lessons," Birch reveals the rest of her songs that hold a full and cohesive synergy reflecting a celestial vocal approach, with backing from beautiful synthesizer elements and accompaniment by subtle and present drums. "The main theme of this album is to explore how it feels to be a woman in this ever changing world," affirms Birch.

Co-produced by Ariel Loh, the album opens with title track "femme.one," a soothing, delicate and empowering lyrical dawn that leads into a miscellany of electronic, acoustic and vocal contributions that speak to the world of Birch's potent concepts. This is exemplified in succeeding songs such as "Spelling Lessons" and "Bury It," delivered flawlessly into this nine-track album. "femme.one is a personal narrative and feminist concept album because it expresses how it feels to be a woman today while trying to find my place in the world," explains Birch. "By running a chronological exploration of my relationship with feminism, many of the songs share musical elements and even bleed together as you'll experience with the bleeding of my last two songs."

Featured on femme.one are a variety of synths from the Prophet-5 to the vintage Korg Delta, flugelhorn by Chloe Rowlands, and guitar rhythms by Cape Francis. Birch also makes use of modern technologies using Ableton Live to create vocal glitches. "One of my favorite things to do in the writing process is play with vocals by running them through a vocoder or chopping them up and playing the notes on my midi keyboard which creates the glitchy affect you'll notice in so many of my songs."

After keeping her songwriting to herself for the majority of her life and immersing herself in a cocoon of music theory and composition at Kenyon College of Ohio, Birch now emerges on new wings and pursues to give voice to women all over the world. With sounds similar, but not apparent to The XX, Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Birch's provides listeners with a very heartfelt and genuine approach to an important message she wants to convey to the world in a time that lacks compassion, empathy and common courtesy amongst women. femme.one is now available for streaming and digital download worldwide. Keep up with Birch by visiting BirchMusicNYC.com.