Squirrel Flower - Planet (i): Transparent Blue Vinyl LP


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Squirrel Flower - Planet (i)
(Full Time Hobby Records)

Transparent Blue Vinyl LP £23.99

Tracklist
1. I'll Go Running
2. Hurt a Fly [Explicit]
3. Deluge in the South
4. Big Beast [Explicit]
5. Roadkill
6. Iowa 146
7. Pass
8. Flames and Flat Tires [Explicit]
9. To Be Forgotten
10. Desert Wildflowers
11. Night
12. Starshine

Squirrel Flower's heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams' making. The title came first to her as a joke: it's her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, as well as the universe imagined within her music. "Planet (i) is my body and mind," Williams says, "and it's the physical and emotional world of our planet. It's both." Buoyed by her steadfast vision and propelled by her burning comet of a voice, the record is a love letter to disaster in every form imaginable. Tornadoes, flooding, gaslighting assholes, cars on fire-these songs fully embrace a planet in ruin. As Williams rides from melancholy to jubilance to complete emotional devastation over the course of twelve songs, she carves out a future for herself and those she loves.
Planet (i), out June 25, 2021 on Polyvinyl and Full Time Hobby, is at once a refuge, an act of self-healing, and a musical reflection of Squirrel Flower's inner and outer worlds.Williams wrote most of the songs on Planet (i) before the COVID-19 pandemic, but disaster looms large in its DNA. Susceptible to head injuries having played a lot of sports in her youth, Williams received three concussions from 2019-2020; two at cafe jobs in her home state of Massachusetts, and a third, funnily enough, while making out with someone in a sloped attic at a house show. Amidst the chaos of touring internationally during her own healing process, she began weaving threads between her physical and personal sense of ruin and her lifelong fear of the elements: of being swept up by storms, floods, and the deep ocean. "To overcome my fear of disasters," Williams says, "I had to embody them, to stare them down." This journey of decay and healing is the lifeblood of Planet (i). "I'm not scared of the storm," she insists on "Desert Wildflowers." "I'll be lying on the roof when the tornado turns.

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