Squirrel FlowerFull Time Hobby
I Was Born Swimming
Released: 31st January 2020
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
Limited pressing of 300
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 guitar.