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Birch is a new band out of Brooklyn headed by Michelle Birsky . She started the band last fall, and since then has been working with different musicians trying to find the right fit. Michelle finally found that fit with bassist Matt Towles of LA and guitarist Emma Munger of NY.

Michelle Birsky

Michelle Birsky


Michelle wrote the song “Halfway” last year while spending 2 weeks alone in a cabin in Vermont. She went there to write, to rest her voice, and to gain a little perspective after her first year living in NY. The narrative of the song begins on a hike she went on by herself, up the backside of Okemo Mountain. She got about 2 miles up the mountain, realized how completely, utterly alone she was, got freaked the fuck out and ran back down. Either the woods rejected her or her mind got her her way. The rest of the song deals with the idea that there are two sides to the human mind, and they are constantly in battle. Michelle wanted to reflect this sonically by combining naturalist lyrics of roads and mountains with synthesized, man made sounds.

“The song is about inner turmoil- only it all takes place under the thin blanket of a pop tune, so maybe nobody will ever notice how fucked up my brain is.”

We here at Pancakes And Whiskey, think this is quite impressive for their first tune and can’t wait to hear more from Birch. We’ll be catching back up soon, so stay tuned.


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