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Planet (i) by Squirrel Flower

Squirrel Flower

Planet (i)

Release Date: Jun 25, 2021

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Polyvinyl

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Planet (i)

Great, Based on 4 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 80
Based on rating 8/10

The follow up to 2020's I Was Born Swimming, Planet (i) was recorded in Bristol (UK) with an array of guest vocalists (Tomberlin, Katy J Pearson , Brooke Bentham , Tenci 's Jess Shoman, Jemima Coulter , plus her brothers Nate and Jameson Williams) and is apparently "a love letter to disaster" that fully embraces the elements Williams always feared and finds a planet in ruin. It's not just outer turmoil that informs Squirrel Flower 's fiery delivery but inner turmoil too, with Planet (i) becoming a place for physical and emotional healing. In that way, it also harbours a cocoon-like safe space: The constant fuzz that hits at the back of her vocals and guitar strums make for the most comforting kind of disaster you're ever likely to encounter.

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Under The Radar - 80
Based on rating 8/10

The title of Squirrel Flower's debut record, I Was Born Swimming, pays reference to her troubled birth, coming out of the womb floating in amniotic fluid. Where her debut record represented a birth, a songwriter in constant movement as she finds her place in the world, the sophomore effort from singer/songwriter Ella Williams is instead a rebirth in fire. Taking her vision to a planetary scale, Williams penned a self-described "love letter to disaster" with Planet (i).

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Pitchfork - 70
Based on rating 7.0/10

Ella Williams was writing tender songs about freeways and driving long before a certain No. 1 hit about a driver's license came along. Williams, a 24-year-old songwriter who records under the name Squirrel Flower, filled her debut, 2020's I Was Born Swimming, with meditations on interstates, headlights, and ambiguous lovers who carry her inside when she's fallen asleep on the road.

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Clash Music
Opinion: Fantastic

"I'm a space rock burning fast" sings Ella Williams on 'I'll Go Running', the opening song on Planet (i). It's a line that stands out not just because it's a clear reference to the title and concept of this second full- length the Boston-based 24-year-old has made as Squirrel Flower, but also because it demonstrates her incredible ability to exist both within and without herself at the same time, to turn clich├ęs on their heads. When Freddie Mercury sang 'I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky' on Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now', it was out of exuberance and celebration.

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