Why does it seem like it's been so long since we've heard from British folky Johnny Flynn? Perhaps because since the release of his sophomore effort Been Listening back in 2010, the man's been insanely busy - acting in pretty successful plays (of which Richard Bean's dramedy 'The Heretic" I can personally vouch for) and about to start a run of Shakespeare classics 'Richard III' and 'Twelfth Night' this summer/fall at the Globe Theatre. And yet, somehow in between all of this the man found time to compose a film score. "A Bag Of Hammers" is an upcoming indie comedy which features a pretty impressive batch of actors: Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig (most notable for Easy A), Amanda Seyfriend, and tons more - the brief flashes of Johnny Flynn's compositions are enough to make me want to see much less it actually looking to be pretty great in a feel good movie of the year kind of way.
Yesterday, Johnny Flynn made one of the album's tracks "Flowers in My Garden" available for download - it's a sort of old timey British traditionals that could very well have been sung by Feste in 'Twelfth Night' which Flynn updates by throwing in a some more modern instruments like the banjo and violin. The track is kind of what you might expect from Flynn but much appreciated and very very good featuring some pretty out of this world arrangements. It's new while still sounding very much like the Johnny Flynn you have come to know.
Give "Flowers in My Garden" a listen:
Johnny Flynn - Flowers In My Garden by All Around Sound Blog
Take a gander at the trailer for "A Bag of Hammers":
There's a limited edition run of the "A Bag of Hammers" soundtrack on vinyl that many a luck Brit will be able to pick up on Record Store Day.