Flynn: a Major Force in Britain's Folk Revival
Laura Marling may be slowly by surely clawing back folk music from the unkempt hair and oversized cardigan brigade, but she doesn’t have to do it alone with the likes of Johnny Flynn around. The talented 24 year old Londoner has made a spellbinding first effort in the form of A Larum, which will appeal to music fans across the spectrum with its mix of country and blues-inspired songwriting. The lyrics are compelling, the ditties veer from pretty to dark and rhythmic, and the production is sparse and stripped down, giving the album an incredibly warm and intimate feel and evoking the Seattle countryside where it was recorded last year. On the evidence of this, Flynn is fast becoming a major force in Britain’s folk revival.