I Was Born Swimming

Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #357 / 792
User Score
Based on 117 ratings
2020 Ratings: #372
Liked by 3 people
January 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polyvinyl / Label
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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.

Under The Radar

I Was Born Swimming tinkers around the edges of feeling without always plotting a clear way in. It's never an unpleasant experience, often moving. But the dots don't entirely connect.

it’s consistently pretty good, but there aren’t many great tracks
after a couple of self-released eclectic EP's, Ella Williams delivers an outstanding debut album. ignore the comparisons to Mitski. only the first song on the album sounds that way at all. as an artist Squirrel Flower has her own themes and concerns which may overlap more than a few others, but this is her own space. you can hear it on "Honey, Oh Honey!" and in the open tunings on the beautiful guitar piece "Seasonal Affective Disorder". in that respect Laura Marling is a ... read more
Nothing memorable but...,

I really like the energy she gives off here. It's very good music for studying, doing work, etc. I got a lot of work done listening to this writing an essay for school. On the other hand, this isn't near interesting enough to warrant a full devotion of my undivided attention.

Also, I'm catching Lana vibes in her voice and some of the production, which I dig.

Lyrically, this album is nothing amazing, but there are a couple of thoughtful moments.

I like the simple ... read more
Is post-Mitski just a genre now?

The gentle debut of Squirrel Flower captures the current trends of indie rock without adding her own voice to the mixture. There are some good tracks, but every song feels referential to another artist. She has a good voice and can build an album well. She still needs to develop her music to say something more engaging. Pretty, but inconsequential for a debut.
Gorgeous indie rock debut. Love the simple writing and melodies. She constantly references travelling and being on the road and I think it'll be amazing to listen to this while driving as well. There's a lot of instrumental only moments that work so well. I can hear a bit of Mitski in this too
Faves: Headlights, Streetlight Blues
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Track List

  1. I-80
  2. Red Shoulder
  3. Slapback
  4. Eight Hours
  5. Headlights
  6. Honey, Oh Honey!
  7. Seasonal Affective Disorder
  8. Home
  9. Streetlight Blues
  10. Rush
  11. Belly of the City
  12. I Was Born Swimming
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Added on: October 24, 2019