Mar 17 2010

Johnny Flynn – “Sweet William EP” (2009)

Published by at 3:33 pm under Folk,MP3's

Johnny Flynn

I don’t really know much about Johnny Flyyn, but he strikes me as one of those born-in-the-wrong-era types. The kind of guy who’d be better suited to the sixteenth century, herding sheep with just the clothes on his back and a guitar strapped across his body, sleeping outside every night. Or maybe he’d do alright in the 1960’s, hopping from festival to festival as both attendee and performer, running around barefoot and marking the success of his days by the amount of dried mud caked onto his feet.

There’s an earthiness to his music: the finger-picked guitar, the broad, deep intonation of his accent-inflected voice. And there’s a romanticism to it all, like he’s looking back to some era he’s never been a part of, but one he’d like to give you a glimpse of anyway because he feels an intrinsic connection to it. It doesn’t matter that Johnny Flynn is a modern boy from England. There’s something about him that’s beautifully un-modern, something that he’s embraced and set to music.

But I probably could’ve just summed all this up with a lyric from Flynn himself: “I was born with this story, it’s older than I.”

Sweet William EP (2009):

(mp3) Johnny Flynn – Sweet William

A Larum (2008):

(mp3) Johnny Flynn – Leftovers

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Johnny Flynn – “Sweet William EP” (2009)”

  1. Michaelon 19 Mar 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you so much for reminding me of this! It is absolutely amazing and I have since gone back and listened to how amazing this man really is.

    Thank You!!!!!

  2. Anonymouson 20 Mar 2010 at 11:05 am

    or just another hipster…

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