Though British singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn is on Lost Highway, a label better known for its alt-country acts, A Larum might more accurately fall in the world-music realm.
Flynn's earthy, articulate ballads are a cross between traditional British folk music and Bob Dylan, circa 1964. With droning fiddles and driving rhythm, "The Box" is a good sample of Flynn's earnest, yet exuberant approach.
His plaintive voice is well-suited to world-weary lyrics such as "promises look good on paper, especially from you." On A Larum, the promise of Flynn's talent looks good indeed.