Squirrel Flower‘s I Was Borning Swimming dropped today on Polyvinyl Records.
About the artist and album
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, gushing with emotional depth that the listener can step into like a warm bath.
The band on I Was Born Swimming plays with delicate intention, keeping the arrangements natural and light.
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’ 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”.
I Was Born Swimming begins with an Iowa drive down I-80 and continues to travel, poetically, between her college town of Grinnell Iowa, Boston, MA and New York City where the album was recorded. Throughout the 12 songs, landscapes change and relationships shift, “There’s so much in the record about movement and stagnation. Feeling stuck, needing to move, needing to stay still, swimming, falling, running, growing, etc etc.” said Williams. The album’s lyrics feel like effortless expressions of exactly the way it feels to change — abstract, sad and hopeful.