Flames and Flat Tires


Following Hurt A Fly and I’ll Go Running, Ella Williams has shared a third track from forthcoming album Planet (i) and it’s a beaut. 

Watch the video here

Speaking of the track Ella says:

"i wrote flames 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." 

The accompanying video was directed by Lua Borges, who elaborates:
"This video is encased by the imagery of broken parts and abandonment. Objects that have become useless. Physical matter that looks so small inside our world. It gives life to an internal feeling of self-doubt and uncertainty, which the song approaches so intently. But ‘Flames & Flat Tires ‘is also about fighting to overcome that, and staying present fully."

The songs on Planet (i) are Squirrel Flower’s instruments for connection: it was recorded in Ali Chant’s Bristol studio The Playpen, and while Williams and Chant played most of the instruments on the record, Bristol drummer Matt Brown and Portishead’s Adrian Utley also joined their sessions. The album features backup vocals from Williams’ friends and family; Tenci’s Jess Shoman, Tomberlin, Katy J. Pearson, Jemima Coulter, Brooke Bentham, and her brothers Nate and Jameson Williams, as well as her father Jesse.

Planet (i) is a world entirely of Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, as well as the universe imagined within her music. The record is a love letter to disaster in every form imaginable - these songs fully embrace a planet in ruin. Buoyed by her steadfast vision and propelled by her burning comet of a voice, Planet (i) is at once a refuge, an act of self-healing, and a musical reflection of Squirrel Flower’s inner and outer worlds. 

Planet (i) is released 25th June and is available to pre-order now. Available on CD, LP and Rough Trade exclusive LP + CD. We’ve worked with Ella to produce a Planet (i) book, featuring photos from the recording sessions in Bristol, recording notes, lyrics and poems. These are available from us on Bandcamp or from Rough Trade. Pre-order here

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