I Was Born Swimming

Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #48 / 79
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2020 Ratings: #62
January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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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
Squirrel Flower's debut, i was born swimming, is a solid indie rock debut but ultimately comes a little short due to the fact that the songs aren't as memorable and unique for them to stand out. I think she has a nice voice but the songs don't engage me enough to the point I would say this was a great record but it was a solid effort and I am excited if she can example not only her vocals but her musical ideas and production.

Track Review

I-80 7/10
Red Shoulder 7/10
Slapback 7.5/10
Eight ... read more
Very good album. As mentioned before, there are no unique songs that'll make you come back to this album. However, the entirety of the album is solid which is great.
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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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