Squirrel Flower‘s new album Planet (i) is coming out on June 25, and following the lead single “Hurt A Fly” she brings us today’s new offering “I’ll Go Running”. Whereas the previous song found her playing a role, this time she’s fully in her own shoes, as she says:
“’I’ll Go Running’ is about the darker side of being an artist – the pressure to make things brand new, shocking, to give everything away and open yourself completely without always getting intentional listening and consumption in return. To be vulnerable to a knife. But it’s powerful to offer yourself and your art without fear, which is what I try to do with this album. That’s why this is the opening track.”
With a gloomy guitar that wraps an atmospheric shawl around her, Squirrel Flower plunders her neuroses about expression to electrifying effect on “I’ll Go Running”. Rather than buckle under the pressure of expectation that she’ll “give away every part,” she finds strength in that very notion, realising that by singing out her blues she is unburdening herself, learning from herself, and growing as an artist and person. “I’ll Go Running” gradually crackles and sparks into flame as she blossoms into this self-belief, determining “I’ll be newer than before” with glowing inner confidence. It may be about Squirrel Flower’s relationship with her work, but “I’ll Go Running” resonates with anyone who has to force themselves through difficult work in order to reach an uncertain, but hopeful, reward.