Birch is the musical project of Michelle Birsky with bandmate Mat Towles. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Birch creates music that lends a sparkling magic to today’s pop scene. Birch blends all the best parts of electronica, pop, hip-hop beats, singer/songwriter, and ambient rock into a perfect lush soundscape: sleek, unique, and contemporary.
Last year Birch’s debut EP, Halfway had the internet buzzing with her atmospheric, movie-like anthems, creating a world of swirling singles that fit in easily on the soundtrack to generation now. Michelle’s juxtaposition of life and song is precisely what makes her songs resonate with today's audience.
In her sophomore effort, Not Human Birch introduces a more forward thinking sound, blending an arrangement of vocal looping and synthesizer grooves to create a unique brand of pop that speaks about the current political landscape. The underlying dichotomies of Birch’s message encompass past vs. present, nature vs. metropolis, acoustic vs. electronic, as well as themes of growing up in a digital age and what it's like to be an artist in today’s climate. The album is about bringing to light the simple truth that all humans are created equal.
The songs themselves are a combination of narrative and political storytelling, that unite the audience in thoughtful, introspective ways, on our lives today. Each track is rooted in a unique activism with electronic elements that blend into Birch's moody, whimsical sound. The whole album so exuberantly wonderful, you will want to hear her out.
Not Human was released June 9, 2017 and is available everywhere!
"You need this 4-track EP in your life." - The 405
"Disguised as a collection of love songs, or not, one cannot deny the undercurrent of politics, whether that be a battle of the sexes, or the war and terror we all are part of, just by being alive and at the mercy of our governments." - Popped Music
"If reading political comments on your feed has your head ready to explode, then this tune is one you need to listen to... Also bonus, Birch tackles topics from technology to women’s history and gender equality, you know, all the important stuff." - Galore Magazine
"...the gravity of the subject blends seamlessly into her infectious melodies, and truly showcases her songwriting prowess." - The Deli Magazine
"Birch explores societal issues and the concerns of our generation in a rounded atmospheric cloud of swirly tempos that provide a space for feeling, reflecting and dancing." - Ladygunn
"Heavy synth, entrancing percussion. Michelle’s ethereal voice comes in, high pitched and creating an ambiance of serenity across the sound space." - Impose Magazine
"Birsky and her band shows admirable range, but at the same time there's a keen focus on songwriting quality that maintains a sense of consistency amidst all the variety." - Pop Matters
"Birch has a bright future ahead of them and we can't wait to see what they're up to next." - Pancakes and Whiskey
"Birch have you hooked on something addictively different…. Every track on ‘Halfway’ is absolutely stunning; each beautiful in their own rights, made fantastic by their union on this EP. It’s a coherent experience…leaves you cluelessly wanting more” - Fresh Beats 365
"She attempts to find meaning in the chaos; to find answers to questions people are too afraid to ask. That, and the fact that her song will be on repeat in your head for days, is why this girl is going far." - The Lala