Collecting songs that McConnell felt were too delicate to be played by her other bands, Bathing Peach began in 2015 as a living room recording project with pianist and producer Daniel Pierson. Each song began with a simple guitar and vocal arrangement, but as Pierson’s home studio grew, the duo invited local musicians to flesh out the tracks. The ocean-like tunes on Bathing Peach combine the vivid lyricism of Joni Mitchell with the jazz-inflected chords of Sam Prekop’s early solo records. Unanchored in a sea of glitching mermaids, V.V. Lightbody is a surreal reflection of McConnell’s experiences and influences that coalesce into an intimate narrative of self-discovery.