Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Squirrel Flower Covers Strand of Oaks

Photo by Maria Gelsomini
In what might be the best song to possibly cover in 2020, Squirrel Flower has released a cover of Strand of Oak's "Shut In" from 2014's HEAL. For Squirrel Flower's version, the upbeat pop anthem has been stripped way down to a more intimate, acoustic song dripping with reverb. At least partly done out of quarantine necessity, the change of style truly fits our "unprecedented times" perfectly. You can hear the feeling of going stir crazy mixed with anxiety on steroids in Ella O'Connor Williams's voice.

You can listen to Squirrel Flower's version of "Shut In" below. It is included on Co-Mission: An Artist Relief Compilation, Vol. 2 from Folkadelphia. According to the post on Bandcamp, "Any and all proceeds raised from donations for Co-Mission will be used to commission and fund more home recordings from in-need musicians and artists." You can find the compilation, which also features contributions from Twain, Sadie Dupuis, Jolie Holland, and more here. For more on Squirrel Flower, check out the artist's website.

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