Bex Burch

There Is Only Love And Fear

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Berlin-based British composer, percussionist, and instrument maker Bex Burch was invited to spend a month in the US by International Anthem in Summer 2022. Burch immersed herself in the label’s creative community and listened to what it gave her, making field recordings and allowing There Is Only Love and Fear to emerge from the collaborations and environments she encountered.

Sessions for the album spanned multiple non-traditional recording spaces including a storefront in Bridgeport, Chicago and a canyon in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, with an eminent cast of creative musicians including Ben LaMar Gay, Macie Stewart, Anna Butterss, Mikel Patrick Avery, and Dan Bitney of Tortoise, all of whom Burch met for the first time in the moments before they played. These moments of instant collaboration were then edited, decomposed, and recontextualized by Burch, resulting in a deeply organic, energetic-yet-patient addition to the canon of modern composition.


Barry says: A beautiful distillation of percussive new age, wandering jazz and heady melodicism from the always reliable International Anthem. Burch has crafted a hugely immersive, transportive piece of work.


1. Dawn Blessings (feat. Macie Stewart)
2. If I Was You, I'd Be Doing Exactly The Same
3. Don't Go Back To Sleep (feat. Dan Bitney)
4. Fruit Smoothie With Peanut Butter
5. Pardieu
6. Start Before You're Ready
7. You Thought You Were Free?
8. "Joy Is Not Meant To Be A Crumb"
9. On Falling (feat. Diego Gaeta)
10. Follow Me, I Make You Happy
11. This Is The Sound Of One Voice
12. When Love Begins 

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