Ella Williams aka Squirrel Flower will follow up her delightful second album Planet (i) with a new EP called Planet, arriving on January 28 through Polyvinyl/Full Time Hobby. Williams says:
“I’ve always felt that the pieces and process and secrets behind a finished record are the most important parts. Most of these songs showcase my own production and exact vision, my first time in a long time releasing music that I’ve produced alone. Releasing this EP is an exercise in self trust and experimentation. Not all songs need to be precious and kept for the exact right time, not all recordings need to be perfect.”
Today she shares a couple of songs from the EP, “Ruby at Dawn” and a cover of Björk’s “Unravel”, and both are a showcase for Williams’ diverse production skills.
“Ruby At Dawn” feels connected to Planet (i) but also sets its gaze on more atmospheric reaches. Underscored by a lightly churning organ, it feels at once intimate and sky-searching, looking for something greater in the simple images of life.
The cover of “Unravel” doesn’t greatly change the song, but by adding a light fuzz, and lo-fi atmospheric singing and plucking, she adds a new layer of vulnerability to the already tender track.