BUST MAGAZINE

 "She sang in secret for years, which you’ll realize is a total crime when you listen to “Sold.” The minimalist track showcases Burns’ classical training, eerily gorgeous voice, and her affinity for just plain sad songs...Haunting in the vein of Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow but with the Americana roots of Gillian Welch, Burns crafts a dreamy musical style of her own dripping with beautifully intricate arrangements" [read more]

Stream "Sold" here

 

NPR WORLD CAFE

 "Aisha Burns is best known as the violinist in the chamber-folk band Balmorhea. But in the last few years, Burns has left her comfort zone to write her own songs and play them on guitar. On her debut album, Life in the Midwater, there's a delicate intimacy to her approach." [read more]

Stream "Shelly" and "Destroyer" here

 

AMERICAN SONGWRITER

"Burns’ haunting vocal gives the song a dark, surreal feeling, befitting of a drift through the ocean or an endless float through space." [read more] 

Listen to the premiere of "Requiem" here

 

TRIBEZA MAGAZINE

"The violinist in the local instrumental ensemble Balmorhea, Burns stepped out on her own this year to release “Life in the Midwater,” a nuanced and delicately-powerful folk album..." [read more]

Featured among 10 people to watch in the new year

 

KUTX 98.9 AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE

"...anyone lucky enough to hear her beautiful singing voice would come to the same conclusion: Don’t keep it a secret any longer...Burns is releasing her first solo effort, Life in the Midwater, a deep reflection upon reemerging from life’s most trying moments, from crippling self-doubt to failing romances, with greater strength and wisdom. There’s no other way to put it; Burns’ voice is stunning." [read more] 

 

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Standouts 'Shelly' and 'Destroyer' become lush and rich with layers, featuring Andrew Bird-worthy violin pulls, yet amid the sweeping flurry, the singer's vocal lament remains the most gripping element...Aisha Burns has successfully mapped a musical identity separate from Balmorhea, even if it's caught in the midwater." [read more]

 

DAZED MAGAZINE

"Where they used to lay the foundation for other instruments, Aisha Burn’s slow-burn violin and viola  parts now serve as a launching pad for her haunting voice...her first solo album Life in the Midwater, is one of the most arresting recent releases the city has seen."

 

GHETTO BLASTER

"Years of 'secret singing' occurred before she began recording Life In The Midwater and hers is a voice that should not, under any circumstances, be kept a secret." [read more] 

 

AUSTIN TOWN HALL

"If you like what you hear, and we know you will, you need to hurry out to catch Aisha playing a set that will surely remind you of why she’s got one of the great voices in Austin..." [read more]

Watch the Official Premiere of the music video for "Sold."

"Life in the Midwater" ranked among Austin's top albums of 2013

 

THE DEMIURGE

"...Aisha Burns has a smoldering voice that pierces through deafening storms and impenetrable veils of darkness...while her range and vocal control are both astonishing, Burns’ greatest feat is her ability to create passionately engaged songs with sparse arrangements. On her debut solo album Life In The Midwater, she torques this skill up to its maximum potency and unleashes some of 2013’s most memorable ruminations on a slew of earnest, human dilemmas." [read more] 

 

PHILADELPHIA'S DAILY LOCAL

"Burns is more than just a violinist. She has a beautiful voice, an expressive singing style and a knack for writing songs with heartfelt lyrics." [read more]

 

CULTURE MAP AUSTIN

"...[a] work of searing emotion and deep thought." [read more] 

 

OVRLD

"One listen to this timeless, stirring album and you’ll finally be in on one of the best-kept secrets in Austin...Aisha Burns lights up my headphones with her dynamic and powerful voice that seemingly stops time...the intensely intimate atmosphere and almost unnerving stillness encompassed in this collection of tracks is what makes Aisha Burns’s first solo LP, Life in the Midwater so special." [read more]