SQUIRREL FLOWER – I Was Born Swimming DINKED NO.33
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- Exclusive transparent blue vinyl
- Exclusive bonus 7” with two tracks (A: Take It Or Leave It / B: Hold On (Tom Waits cover)
- Exclusive signed postcard
- Hand numbered sleeve
- Download code
- Limited to just 300 copies!!!
Squirrel Flower – the moniker of Ella O’Connor Williams – announces I Was Born
Swimming, her debut album, out January 31st on Full Time Hobby (Polyvinyl in
the US), and presents the lead single/video, ‘Red Shoulder’. The album’s title was
inspired by Williams’ birth on August 11th 1996 – the hottest day of the year – born
still inside a translucent caul sac membrane, surrounded by amniotic fluid.
Throughout the 12 songs, landscapes change and relationships shift. The album’s
lyrics feel like effortless expressions of exactly the way it feels to change —
abstract, determined and hopeful.
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, brimming over with emotional depth
but with a steely eyed bite and confidence in it’s destination. The band on I Was
Born Swimming plays with delicate intention, keeping the arrangements natural and
light while Williams’ lead guitar is often fiercely untethered. The album was tracked
live, with few overdubs, at The Rare Book Room Studio in New York City with
producer Gabe Wax (Adrienne Lenker, Palehound, Cass McCombs). The
musicians were selected by Wax and folded themselves into the songs effortlessly.
At the heart of the album lives Williams’ haunting voice and melancholic, soulful
The sounds expand and contract over diverse moods, cutting loose on the heavier
riffs of ‘Red Shoulder’. “‘Red Shoulder’ is a song about destabilisation and
dissociation,” explains Williams. “Something soft and tender becomes warped and
sinister, turning into sensory overload and confusion. How can something so lovely
turn painful and claustrophobic? The song ends with a heavy and visceral guitar
solo, attempting to reground what went awry.”
Williams comes from a deep-rooted musical family tree. Her grandparents were
classical musicians who lived in the Gate Hill Co-op, an artistic cooperative from
upstate New York that grew out of Black Mountain College. Ella’s father, Jesse
Williams, spent most of his life as a touring jazz and blues performer and educator,
and lends his bass playing to the album. Growing up in a family of hard working
musicians fostered a love of music and started Williams down her own musical
path. As a child, Williams adopted the alter ego of Squirrel Flower. A couple years
later, she began singing with the Boston Children’s Chorus while studying music
theory and teaching herself to play the guitar. As a teen, she discovered the Boston
DIY and folk music scenes and began writing, recording, and performing her own
songs, now returning to Squirrel Flower as her stage name.
Sheer determination and belief quickly saw her make a name for herself in this
newly discovered scene. Doing everything from making videos and artwork to the
production of her music herself she recorded two EP’s and began touring,
appearing on bills with the likes of Moses Sumney, Lucy Dacus, Frankie Cosmos,
Jay Som, Julien Baker, Soccer Mommy and Big Thief. During this time the signature
artful songcraft heard on I Was Born Swimming was formed.
Pre-order the I Was Born Swimming CD/LP including a limited edition Dinked
version which features an exclusive 7″ here:
I Was Born Swimming tracklist:
2. Red Shoulder
4. Eight Hours
6. Honey, Oh Honey!
7. Seasonal Affective Disorder
9. Streetlight Blues
11. Belly of the City
12. I Was Born Swimming
|Dimensions||31.5 × 31.5 × .05 cm|