The track Emeralds
Minnie Birch has her guitar and voice setting an atmospheric background to a cosy moment lost in the forest of our thoughts, the time it takes for a few melodic minutes from her title track Emeralds. The song is lovely and taken from her previous and second album Tethered.
The singer-songwriter reveals that the song is inspired by a tumultuous moment, caught between the American elections, the post-Brexit referendum, and betrayal from a close friend, all reminiscent of many of a word in the wizard of Oz such as:
I was looking at the world both directly around me and at large and thinking “We’re not in Kansas anymore”
The track John Barleycorn
This new AA single features murmurs of dissonances like an exploration of the hidden facets of our minds in the other track John Barleycorn. This is a previously unreleased version of the traditional song. John Barleycorn was commissioned for a short film called Heaven’s Rage, based on the memoirs of Lesley Tate. The music video additionally made from the film reflects the atmosphere already conveyed in the singing tone and arrangement of the song. The video, shown below, comprises of clips from the film.
The AA single
The AA single came out on the 13th July 2018 and released n Folkstock records. Both tracks are produced by Lauren Deakin Davies who has clearly understood and embraces the mood conveyed. The instrumentation is quirky and the arrangement seem to be a subtle layering, as if its melodic expression was peeling the psyche to discover the core.
About Minnie Birch
Minnie Birch is a Hertfordshire-based singer-songwriter who puts her energy into her solo music career as well as working creatively with prisoners to both develop their musical skills and provide recordings for their children back home. One of her earlier singles, Glitter, attracted a prestigious spin on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show and this track Emeralds is arguably the closest in style to be released as a single, in the last five years since Glitter.
One of her earlier singles, Glitter, attracted a prestigious spin on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show and this track Emeralds is arguably the closest in style to be released as a single, in the last five years since Glitter.