Guide the squirrel flower to its inner world
Last week Squirrel Flower – aka Ella Williams – released their second album Planet (i) via polyvinyl. To celebrate, she concocted this playlist for us of some of the songs that influenced her.
– Annie Fell, Editor-in-Chief, Talkhouse Music
Björk – “Unison”
This song is killing me. This is the last song on Vespertine, which is my most played album during my recording time Planet (i). He has such a sense of energy, optimism, the lyrics are so good. listening to this song made me think about ways to make my music flourish during a song. Love that it’s almost seven minutes too.
Aphex Twin – “xmas_evet10”
Syro is the second most listened to album during my recording time Planet (i). I was walking the streets of Bristol blowing this song up, heading to the studio all ready to make a dance album. (Of course, that didn’t happen.) (But please dance on Planet (i), dance can happen to any type of sound, or even to no sound!)
Lucinda Williams – “Howlin at midnight”
When I started to write the songs that made Planet (i), I was on a month-long tour and I was only listening Blues happy woman by Lucinda Williams. It’s such a special album. just such a beautiful capture of complex shit but in songs so simple… Like country should be.
Townes Van Zandt – “Kind of highway”
Speaking of country, TVZ is one of my all-time heroes. His song “Highway Kind” played a role similar to that of “Howlin at Midnight,” in that it allowed me to play in standard chords again. Songs like “Desert Wildflowers”, “Deluge” and “Iowa 146” are very directly influenced by TVZ and Lucinda.
Moses Sumney – “Cursed”
No one does magic with layers like Moses Sumney. The repetition in this song, the way it takes its time to build, these are all things that I try to embody in my album.
Rachmaninoff – “Watch All Night No.2 (Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya, Gospoda)”
Many of my melodies are influenced by classical choral pieces. I remember reading this song with my college choir and being blown away. I listen to this whole song quite often.
Mérou – “The races”
Grouper is one of those artists who have been with me since the age of 14, at every stage from adolescence to adulthood. His music strikes the same. It influences me in a way that I cannot explain.
Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron – “With my outstretched hands”
I first heard this song when I was 15, but it moves me every time I hear it. I think the magic here is in the simplicity. It’s folk, but it’s not. His breath, the harmonies, the sense of the sound of the room, the intimacy – I wanted to capture something like that with Planet (i).
Dean Blunt, Joanne Robertson – “X”
Everything Dean Blunt touches is gold. This song is so good. The melody of Joanne’s voice, the key part simple, the guitar messy and disjointed, allllll reverb – my god, I love it.
Chelsea Wolfe – “Movie”
This song influenced the heaviest tracks on the album. it’s so sick. I love that guitar sound so much, it’s so badass, just slow and blowing like a robotic volcano of machine molasses