Photo by Tonje Thilesen
The latest song from Squirrel Flower starts off with a killer, menacing grunge era guitar riff. It's going to make you expect a Mudhoney or Soundgarden song. Instead, the song morphs into a gorgeous, chilled out Squirrel Flower song. That riff does linger underneath the song never quite letting it settle into folk or dream pop. "Flames and Flat Tires" keeps its very own sound that way. It's an intense and beautiful song, despite the underlying menace.
Ella Williams (aka Squirrel Flower) explains the new song:
“I wrote ‘Flames and Flat Tires’ on my second day of quarantine in Bristol, England ahead of recording. It was late August, hot, I was staying in a place that opened onto a party street, and every night I stayed up listening to the sounds of the revelers and the birds squawking and screaming until 6am, then all day watched people hanging laundry in their backyards through my kitchen window. This was one of those tunes that just falls out."
You can watch the video for "Flames and Flat Tires" below. Planet (i) is due out June 25 on Polyvinyl. You can pre-order/pre-save the album here. For more on Squirrel Flower, check out the artist's website. Current tour dates are below the video!