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Anna Burch and Fred Thomas Share New Songs from Split 7-Inch

Listen to Burch's "St. Adalbert" and Thomas' "Parkways"

Feb 27, 2019 Anna Burch
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Detroit singer/songwriter/guitarist Anna Burch and Fred Thomas are both from Michigan and are previous friends and collaborators. In fact, it was Thomas who suggested to his label Polyvinyl that they sign Burch and the label released her debut solo album, Quit the Curse, back in February 2018 via the label. Now Burch and Thomas have teamed up for a split 7-inch on Polyvinyl and have shared both its songs: Burch’s “St. Adalbert” and Thomas’ “Parkways.” Burch’s is an old song dating back to 2014, whereas Thomas’ was originally meant for his 2018 album Aftering. Listen to both songs below and pick up the 7-inch starting this Friday, March 1.

The FADER premiered both songs. Burch had this to say to them about her song: “‘St. Adalbert’ was the only song I wrote while living in Chicago before I moved to Detroit in 2014. I worked on this recording with Paul Cherry alongside some early demos for the songs that wound up on my debut album. I decided not to include it on the record, partly because the vibe was different from the others, but also it had an emotional weight that I didn’t feel totally comfortable with. My time leading up to the move was particularly messy and self destructive, and I was eager to forget it. The song was unearthed almost accidentally when the idea of Fred and I putting out a split came up, and when I heard it I connected with it in a very different way - I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the recording and I no longer felt weighed down by the past I associated it with. I love Fred’s song ‘Parkways,’ and I’m very happy that these two tracks could be presented together in this way.”

Thomas had this to say to The FADER about his song: “It followed a running theme of songs about being on tour as an opening act and spiraling into existential crisis while driving alone for weeks on end. As the rest of the record came together, the song didn’t fit in musically. It was a little too ‘Range Life’ in a record of ‘Stop Breathin’‘s, but it felt like a shame to just shelve it. Anna’s harmony parts give it such a soaring feeling, even though it’s a pretty depressive song at heart. When the idea came up to do a split 7-inch, I was thrilled, because I feel like this track might work best outside of an album, content to chill antisocially alongside its outlier cousin of Anna’s non-album song.”

Read our 2018 interview with Anna Burch.

Read our review of Anna Burch’s Quit the Curse.

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