A Larum by Johnny Flynn on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

South-African born, U.K. raised Johnny Flynn delivers a debut album, recorded with his band the Sussex Wit, that brings British folk-rock back to life by recalling the tradition once popularized in the 1960s by the likes of Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, and Pentangle. With a strong emphasis on acoustic guitars, a subtle cello, occasional violins, horns, and even spoons!, A Larum forges a campfire jamboree where Flynn’s spirited vocals lead the mild insurrection. Whether the band is kicking out its acoustic jams with “Leftovers” or relying on the sawing violins of “Sally,” or meditating over the sparse and brooding “Brown Trout Blues,” or leaving Flynn to serve up the upbeat guitar and vocal of “Tunnels,” there’s an expert sense of timing and drama that goes beyond a young troubadour and band only in their mid-20s. Flynn has worked as a Shakespearean actor and considers himself a poet. He throws himself with full commitment into these songs of poverty (“The Box”) and irreverent hope (“Tickle Me Pink”). For extra texture, “Hong Kong Cemetery” adds a funereal organ to seal its ominous, downtrodden fate.

EDITORS’ NOTES

South-African born, U.K. raised Johnny Flynn delivers a debut album, recorded with his band the Sussex Wit, that brings British folk-rock back to life by recalling the tradition once popularized in the 1960s by the likes of Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, and Pentangle. With a strong emphasis on acoustic guitars, a subtle cello, occasional violins, horns, and even spoons!, A Larum forges a campfire jamboree where Flynn’s spirited vocals lead the mild insurrection. Whether the band is kicking out its acoustic jams with “Leftovers” or relying on the sawing violins of “Sally,” or meditating over the sparse and brooding “Brown Trout Blues,” or leaving Flynn to serve up the upbeat guitar and vocal of “Tunnels,” there’s an expert sense of timing and drama that goes beyond a young troubadour and band only in their mid-20s. Flynn has worked as a Shakespearean actor and considers himself a poet. He throws himself with full commitment into these songs of poverty (“The Box”) and irreverent hope (“Tickle Me Pink”). For extra texture, “Hong Kong Cemetery” adds a funereal organ to seal its ominous, downtrodden fate.

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About Johnny Flynn

An actor, poet, and Americana-styled songwriter, Johnny Flynn was initially a member of British folk group the Sussex Wit before moving up to become the group's frontman. As would befit someone with such a varied artistic background, Flynn cited both W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare as influences, as well as musicians such as John Fahey, Vaughan Williams, and Langhorne Slim. Flynn's debut album, A Larum (recorded with the Sussex Wit but credited with his name), was released in 2008 on Vertigo Records in Europe. Lost Highway issued the album in America, where it was deemed one of the year's best releases by Paste Magazine and helped ramp up support for a second album, Been Listening, which appeared two years later. Flynn's third album, Country Mile, appeared in 2013, and he also started to develop his acting career. 2014 saw him take the lead role in the British sitcom Lovesick, while also appearing opposite Anne Hathaway in the movie Song One. He took some time off to focus on his new family but returned to the studio in 2016 to record his fourth album. The resulting Sillion was released in early 2017. ~ Katherine Fulton & Rich Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    London, England

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