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Released: 31.01.20






Although ostensibly referring to her en caul delivery (a rare occurrence in which new-borns emerge inside their amniotic membrane, surrounded by fluid), the title I Was Born Swimming could just as easily refer to Ella O’Connor Williams’ artistic arrival.

At its best, the Iowa-via-Boston artist’s full-length bow captures a tangible sonic and emotional intimacy, whether offering tender, heart-stopping ruminations or crunchy, cathartic guitar numbers. On the likes of Slapback and Street Light Blues, the 23-year-old even recalls the empowerment and emotional heft elevating Julia Jacklin’s splendid 2019 opus Crushing – and while presently lacking her own USP there’s evidence here of a raw yet similarly startling talent. Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten fans take note!


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