Checking In: Eimaral Sol

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Checking In: Eimaral Sol

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020

By Jeff McCord/KUTX Music Editor

If you don’t like it, change it / 

If you can’t find it, make it / 

The only thing holding you back is your own limitations.”

These lyrics reflect the revelations of 26-year-old Eimaral Sol (real name: Laramie Pouncy), off one of the selections from her acclaimed debut album, Sol Soliloquies, released last year. They sound like a woman bristling with confidence. 

 For the upcoming one year anniversary of her album, Eimaral has some special things in store. 

“I’ve gotten opportunities from the album. I’m working in studios in L.A., working in studios in New York. And that’s been really cool. On the one year anniversary, though, we’re going to put out a lot of stuff. I don’t wanna say too much, but I’m really excited about it.”

Yet things weren’t always this promising. Much of the material for her album was written at the end of a difficult time for the singer.  

Eimaral, who excelled at choir throughout public school, began to write and record her own music in Houston. I was recording cover videos on YouTube, which eventually turned into me putting out singles. It just so happened that producer Russell Guess and his team took me under their wing. They were working out of Sugarhill Studios, and they allowed me to develop as an artist in that space. I have a lot of music that probably will never come out.” 

Eventually, Sol would release several well-received singles, and she began eyeing Los Angeles as a place to further her education and music career. 

You know what they say about plans.

“I graduated from college and was applying to schools in California. But before I could make the move, I found out I was pregnantI’m from Killeen, so I ended up going home.

Eimaral’s son Zevin was born during this crucial year off.

“I had a lot of adversity against me. Even some of the people I was working with in Houston, when I told them, were kind of like, so what are you going to do now? I’m a strong-minded and highly competitive individual, so when I started realizing that people were counting me out because of that, I really took that on.”

“I took the time that I needed to come to peace about what’s happening, and how I was going to adjust by myself, my life, my mindset, in order to keep doing what I felt drawn to do, but also to be the best mother I could be. I didn’t want my child to have limitations. I did not want to feel like he couldn’t do certain things, or that even he prevented me from being able to do certain things. No child wants to make their parents feel that way. I know firsthand. So, I just kept going. I took a year hiatus, but during that time, I was still writing. I was still recording.”

Eimaral moved to Austin in 2017, released a single, “OTW” in 2018, and her debut album, Sol Soliloquies, in March of last year. Musically, it’s a deep, soulful slice of modern pop, expertly arranged. Lyrically, in an age of dark cynicism, it’s a reprieve. It seems surprising, given her recent experiences. Has she always been this optimistic?  

“Not necessarily. I feel like I have to counter everything that I’ve encountered. I love my family. It’s just growing up, I encountered so much resistance and tension. For me, I wanted to transcend all of that. And I felt the only way for me to accomplish that was to sell those kinds of scenes. If I stayed in that mindset, that’s what I was going to keep receiving. I put lessons and notes to myself to get myself through situations. And it just so happened that it resonated with other people that were going through whatever they might have been going through. We do have plenty of music that basically fills the space on the other side. There’s nothing wrong with that. We need to be able to express all facets of ourselves. But there was an opening, in my opinion, for soul music that was feeding the soul and not just feeding the doubt in your soul.”

Eimaral Sol plays Love Lockdown at Stubb’s on Thursday, February 13th

Checking In: Molly Burch

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Checking In: Molly Burch

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019
photo by Karla Bruciaga

Molly Burch on her new release, The Molly Burch Christmas Album

by Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Editor

Purchase The Molly Burch Christmas Album HERE

These days it’s hard enough to sell a CD of any kind, much less one than can be marketed only one or two months out of the year. So why on earth did Austin’s Molly Burch decide to make her third album a collection of Christmas songs?

She laughs. “Obviously it felt super bold to me, it was exciting, unconventional. It’s common for indie artist to release a Christmas songs or two. I’m still a new artist and have only put out two albums. But I thought, ‘Why not commit?’.”
That she did. Burch made the decision to start on the project last Christmas. and it wasn’t based on childhood memories of Frank or Bing. “Both my parents are in the movie business, I’m even half Jewish. I don’t have that many memories of Christmas albums. But I’ve always wanted to make one, just because I identify first and foremost as a vocalist, and it’s a really classic thing to do.”
Determined to find a unique mix, Burch spent many months listening to Christmas music –  in the springtime.”It took me maybe two to three months to finalize the songs. I wanted to have a good mix of classic songs and deeper cuts, and songs that aren’t considered Christmas songs. We even did (Mams and Papas’ ) ‘Snowqueen of Texas’.”
 
Burch even wrote two original songs for the project, then spent time recording in studios in both Austin and Los Angeles. “Ultimately it was a great project for me. Recording a covers album, there’s so much freedom in that. It completely consumed our year, but it was so much fun. We decided to do just three shows to promote it, the first was in New York, the second in LA, and ending with our hometown Christmas show.”
That show will be this Friday, December 13, at Scholz Garden, with a guest appearance from Jesse Woods. Tickets are available HERE
Unconcerned with the fast-expiring shelf date, Burch, who’s first-ever public performance was at what she calls a “fancy Christmas party”, clearly put a lot into this project. “It seems so relatable to me,” she exclaims. “And it’s already selling great!”