Been Listening (June 7, 2010)
Johnny Flynn yesterday announced further details of his new album 'Been Listening', due June 7, 2010 via Transgressive, along with a European and UK Tour, including dates with Mumford & Sons in April and with his band The Sussex Wit in May. New single (due May 31) 'Kentucky Pill' is being offered from today as a free download and supposedly provides the 'perfect introduction' to Flynn's latest instalment of close-knit storytelling folk music. Having only heard limited snippets of debut 'A Larum' and the Sweet William EP, I'm more familiar with the artist through compilations and a drip of MP3s than in any real sense, but I have to say that the new recordings impress me.
The new song puts into practise a groove which two releases worth of songs have hinted at to date; but by no means is this a 'mainstream single' of sorts, rather a brilliantly arranged and rootsy jam session with soulful vocals and jangling strings. Grand brass sections over traditional folk instrumentation coupled with unaccented and honest vocals perfectly justify his classification alongside those such as Jay Jay Pistolet, Jeremy Warmsley and Noah & The Whale on the British anti-folk scene. Indeed even Laura Marling, who Flynn has toured with in the past, offers her vocal prowess to a duet on one of the album tracks. Download new single 'Kentucky Pill' below, buy the album, and check out his upcoming tour below.
Johnny Flynn - Kentucky Pill (MP3)
Johnny Flynn - The Box (Live @ Hush) (MP3) props to Summer Days Through The Folkish Haze