Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming [FULL ALBUM STREAM]
Live Dates: http://www.squirrelflower.net/tour.html
Squirrel Flower is the alias 23-year-old Ella O’Connor Williams adopted for herself when writing songs and poetry as a child. Williams was born on August 11th 1996, the hottest day of the year, still inside of a translucent caul sac membrane, surrounded by amniotic fluid. Born with a membrane between her and the rest of the world, yet still very much connected to and dependent on a larger life force. It’s this origin story that inspired the name of Squirrel Flower’s debut album, I Was Born Swimming.
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, gushing with emotional depth that the listener can step into like a warm bath. I Was Born Swimming 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). At the heart of the album lives Williams’ massive, haunted vibrating voice and melancholic, soulful guitar playing. The sounds expand and contract over diverse moods, cutting loose on the heavier riffs of “Red Shoulder” or “Streetlight Blues,” both recorded in her hometown of Boston, and holding back with atmospheric restraint on “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or “Belly Of The City.”
1. I-80 (0:00)
2. Red Shoulder (2:40)
3. Slapback (5:55)
4. Eight Hours (8:40
5. Headlights (11:10)
6. Honey, Oh Honey! (13:43)
7. Seasonal Affective Disorder (14:57)
8. Home (18:37)
9. Streetlight Blues (22:01)
10. Rush (25:37)
11. Belly of the City (28:42)
12. I Was Born Swimming (33:29)
Mailing List: http://found.ee/sf-newsletter
#SquirrelFlower #IWasBornSwimming #EllaWilliams
© 2020 Polyvinyl Record Co.
Under the name Squirrel Flower, Boston-bred singer/songwriter Ella O’Connor Williams writes haunting, melancholic indie rock songs that combine lushly-textured electric guitar work with her rich and powerful voice. After a pair of independent releases, she made her label debut in 2020 with I Was Born Swimming.
Growing up in Boston, Williams' childhood was steeped in music; her father worked as a touring jazz musician while her classically trained grandparents lived in an artist co-op in upstate New York. Her talents emerged early, and she sang in the Boston Children's Chorus and learned guitar and music theory before immersing herself in the city's D.I.Y. scene during her teenage years. Williams' Squirrel Flower alias was something she'd had since her childhood days, and when she later began to release her first official solo recordings, she took it on as her stage name. Recording while attending college in Iowa, she issued the eight-song album, Early Winter Songs from Middle America, a stark and poignant set consisting largely of just vocals and her ethereal electric guitar playing. She gained more widespread notice the following year with another similarly lonesome eight-song set, Contact Sports, which helped her earn a contract with Midwestern indie Polyvinyl Records. Heading to New York City, she worked with producer Gabe Wax (Adrianne Lenker, Palehound) to create a fuller, though still spacious sound on her full-length debut, I Was Born Swimming, which Polyvinyl released in January 2020.