Friday, April 10, 2020

Squirrel Flower Covers Emmylou Harris

Photo by Ally Schmaling
A throwback to label samplers from the 90's, earlier this week Polyvinyl released Stay Home, a collection of unreleased music, demos, and covers from their artists. Particularly exciting to us is Squirrel Flower's cover of Emmylou Harris's song "Icy Blue Heart." I Was Born Swimming is my album of 2020 (so far), so any time we can get a new song so close to the release of my favorite album of the year, I'm going to be beyond excited. And for it to be a cover? Even better. "Icy Blue Heart" might be the best choice for Squirrel Flower to cover. Squirrel Flower specializes in a haunting version of Americana which has been Harris's specialty for decades. This is a dead on cover that adds just enough of the new artist to not be a carbon copy. It's virtually perfect.

You can listen to Squirrel Flower's version of "Icy Blue Heart" below. The song is available now on Stay Home from Polyvinyl Records, and also features unreleased music from Anna Burch, The Get Up Kids, of Montreal, Palehound, Pedro the Lion, and more. It's available for $5.00 on Polyvinyl's Bandcamp. For more on Squirrel Flower, check out the artist's website.

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