Monday, June 22, 2009
Listening is Sexy.
Johnny Flynn (and the Sussex Wit).
Why you should listen: Not to be shallow, but...I am. Screw it, we all are. He's sa-woon, you know? Besides it's not like he doesn't have anything to back it up. The music is great, folk with...pop I guess- very catchy, and very British with a little bit of Thoreau built in.
He draws from everyone from Bob Dylan to Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats. If Johnny Appleseed, dressed in denim overalls, plaid and a tweed cap, sang songs as he walked the country planting trees...these are the songs he would sing. Although their "sounds like" proclaims they are like the bikini cafe. Whatever that is.
An actor, poet and songwriter, he, until recently, was part of the all- male Propeller theater troupe, which put on Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew in New York last year. The name of their first album, A Larum, is even Shakespearean in it's root, as a stage direction ("alarum off") which means that a commotion is happening off stage.
They have a flickr if you would like to follow, although I think their touring is pretty limited to the UK right now, so not much going on there:
Here is a video of Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling (formerly of Noah and the Whale) singing "Travel Light". Classic. Got to love whistling.