In the Post #36: Johnny Flynn

By on Monday, 2nd November 2009 at 12:00 pm

Johnny Flynn (side)Johnny Flynn is another brick in the wall that is the thriving London folk scene (..I understand that remark may sound a little throwaway, but guys, it’s a super popular genre at the moment..). Joining alongside the likes of Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons, Johnny is perhaps stand-out for the fact he is one of the rarer male solo artists budding from the area (…aside from when with band, The Sussex Wit).

His music is as you’d expect – timid acoustic folk, with delicate droplets of country and bluegrass. Talented Flynn undoubtedly radiates an authentically homely sound, but as of yet, he’s not making wild musical waves. When you have the option of the rich, layered recipes of, for example, the ever-popular Mumford and Sons, it’s sometimes hard for Johnny’s lonesome, delicate sound to make as big an impact on passing listeners.

Johnny’s latest EP – ‘Sweet William’ – is very frail, musically, but don’t get me wrong, for this self-produced piece of work is also very endearing. It’s super soft and stripped back from start to finish, with the final title-track perhaps being the upbeat musical highlight, taking the form of an understated Celtic jig. Still, from the monotonic, percussion-led ‘Drum’, to the acoustic twangs and wispy strings of ‘Trains (Rose, Mary and Time)’, ‘Sweet William’ may be a real tender record, but it’s lacking in any lingering tenacity..

You can pre-order ‘Sweet William’, which is released November 30th, over at Johnny’s website, now.

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[…] By Jess Grant on Thursday, 3rd June 2010 at 12:00 pm When I reviewed Johnny Flynn’s EP ‘Sweet William’ last November, I pondered the fact the London folkster’s dainty tunes lacked a significant audio wallop, […]

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