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I Was Born Swimming

Squirrel Flower

I Was Born Swimming

Debut album from the Boston-based songwriter Ella O’Connor Williams

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Laudably, unfussy. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Values both tranquil folk purity, rooted in her crystal-clear voice, and '70s classic-rock range, in the same smouldering fashion as Red House Painters and Jeff Buckley. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    One of 2020 most engaging new artists. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A divination of self-love, I Was Born Swimming presents an exquisite journey back to distinct beginnings
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On the record’s closing track, "I Was Born Swimming", she sings: "Born swimming in blue water / Didn’t ever need another". With this final song maybe the journey is complete, or maybe it loops back round again
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There is both rooted and rootlessness to the music
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    For the most part, ‘I Was Born Swimming’ is a stripped-down album with folk tendencies. The arrangements are light and natural, allowing Squirrel Flower’s strong vocals and fierce guitar-playing shine
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Tougher than you think, Squirrel Flower's first album, I Was Born Swimming, combines Joni Mitchell with dream pop, but with an indie rock bite
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  9. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Ella Williams’ debut LP under her Squirrel Flower moniker is a quiet yet fierce arrival
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  10. 7.0 |   DIY

    An accomplished first full-length
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    Brimming with personal observations and subtly dynamic performances, Williams offers a strong debut
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  12. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    The indie rock singer-songwriter Ella O’Connor Williams’ latest album is poetic, ethereal, and slightly distant
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  13. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's never an unpleasant experience, often moving. But the dots don't entirely connect
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  14. 6.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Propelled by striking melodies and kissed by reverb, Squirrel Flower’s haunting, hopeful art – retreating from inertia and comfort, exploring dark journeys on highways and informed by a phobia of standing still – promises a deluge of musical memories to relish
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