Contact Sports

by Squirrel Flower

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oliver moss not to be too comparative, but this is what i always wished Heather Nova would make songs like Favorite track: Conditions.
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idiosynthesis it's creepy how perfect this album is for my last breakup.

that's totally coincidental, though, and there's no coincidence about Ella's music and human feeling. just genius.
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Mitch Rocket Stumbled across Not Your Prey via a FB ad months ago and it was immediately striking. The directness of the lyrics and the richness of the vocals make a perfect pairing with the bruising guitar. I'm happy to say the rest of the album doesn't disappoint. The songs are sparse but full of little details to dig into.

It doesn't hurt that the production is great as well. Somehow it manages to sound raw and lush at the same time. Wish I was still in the Boston area so I could see these folks live! Favorite track: Conditions.
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I tried hard to forget and you didn't want me remembering; Alone I am a star burning above you. Feel you lurking, on the move, eyeing my back, making me shiver. But if you touch me I won't be still. You're no predator. I'm not your prey, I'm not your kill. I tried hard to forget and you didn't want me remembering; Alone I am a star burning above you. Feel you lurking, on the move, eyeing my back, making me shiver. But if you touch me I'll lash out. Don't fuck with me. If I must, you know I will. I'm not your prey, I'm not your kill. To give up my belongings, the little things, Is to be free of the chains that keep me here Lying in your arms.
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Conditions 02:59
I'll be gentle and I'll take it slowly Just as long as you say you don't need me I'll do you right and I'll take it steady But when I say go you better be ready. Keep you guessing, I swear I won't tell you Make you want me and then I'll desert you But it's alright 'cause you said you don't need me It's alright cuz I kept it steady. Don't look at me like that, like you'll kill me I can outrun you and I'll do it gracefully 'Cause I'm gentle but I can't move slowly Don't you dare say you do not know me.
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Heavy 03:22
Only you have flowers for fists And it makes it easier when they come down on me. I feel it, it's all I know But do I need it? It stunts my growth. I feel you on your way to me You pull and you pull and you keep tugging, You take and you take and I keep giving, And your love is so heavy I get weak in the knees. And fool myself that you're all I need But what I need is far from me And you take and you take and I keep giving You pull and you pull and you keep tugging And your love is so heavy I get weak in the knees.
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I know it's daylight savings, dear, But I can't sleep. I know we've gained an hour But it feels like I've lost two. I saw you biking, you were fast Faster than I could go. I'm good at coming up with excuses And giving them away like the things I've found The trees are shedding all their leaves I'm shedding my skin too The colder air is moving in And I'm ready and waiting. I know it's daylight savings, dear But I can't sleep I know we've gained an hour But it feels like I've lost two.
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Hands Melt 03:06
You make my hands melt You run instead of walk, whistle instead of talk. You make my hair curl You run instead of walk, whistle instead of talk. You make my stomach ache You run instead of walk, whistle instead of talk.
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We live of midwestern clay A vantage point above it all The space between the fields of corn The fields, and the flat clouds. I got no idea what's keeping me in the air But nothing's keeping me on the ground. I biked pretty far out, up a few hills Sat next to a dirt road to watch the sky. A truck drove by full of hay bails Kicked up the dirt then left. I got no idea what I'm doing here But I'm here cause I got no place else to be.
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about

These are songs written in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 in Central Iowa.

credits

released July 20, 2018

All songs written by Ella Williams

Voice and guitar: Ella Williams
Bass: Jesse Williams
Guitar: Lyle Brewer
Drums: Marco Giovino

Recorded on August 19 and 20 by Zach Bloomstein at Dagotown Recorders and on August 22 by Jon Lupfer at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA.

Mixed by Pat Dicenso.

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice.

Copyright 2016

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