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.