Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Pitstop: Johnny Flynn
My discovery of Johnny Flynn was dually due to LastFM and Laura Marling. Because Johnny Flynn is folk singer/songwriter like Marling, and they often collaborate together, it was probably only a matter of time before I was introduced to him and I'm certainly glad I did. Flynn's brand of folk can be best described as poetic lyricism combined with instrumental pyrotechnics, and undulating vocals with bassy robustness. And even though he's one of those jack-of-all-trades types (also a working actor), his music brims with all the ingenuity, sincerity, and talent as an accomplished folk troubadour who plays purely for the joy of it. It also helps that his backing band The Sussex Wit are also a talented bunch.
Johnny Flynn released his sophomore album Been Listening earlier this year in June in the UK, and the album was released in the US and Canada late last month. Get a taste of Johnny Flynn with the second single from Been Listening "Barnacled Ship":