With her debut full length I Was Born Swimming, Squirrel Flower made herself known to the world. Mixing singer songwriter vibes with vocals that could carry an orchestra, the album proved that sometimes the best artists feel like they came from nowhere. Now a special release of two singles “Take It or Leave It” and a Caroline Polachek cover of “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” are available to stream. Originally from a bonus seven inch, the two songs drive home that Squirrel Flower is an act to be reckoned with, who should be streaming through everyone’s devices.
On “Take It or Leave It,” the singer songwriter goes deep and doesn’t relent. Mixed with acoustic tones, her vocals dance above the guitar and create a heavenly swirl of tones. The emotionally charged heft of her voice alone is stirring, though the personal feeling of the way the track plays out should weigh on anyone who experiences the song.
With the Caroline Polachek cover, Squirrel Flower seems to come alive, filling the song with as much depth as the original while making it her own in the process. The way the drums open the song mixed with her soft voice creates a stirring pitch that it feels like it could be her own.
Both songs are ready to stream above or on all streaming platforms. They can also be purchased in all online music stores. I Was Born Swimming can be purchased on multiple formats directly from Polyvinyl Records.
Image Credits: Photo by Maria Gelsomini.