Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Johnny Flynn's Been Listening To You

Been Listening shines as a sophomore effort as Flynn expands on his English folk style by incorporating subtle African (Flynn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa) and classic American R&B influences, which can be heard immediately on the opening track, "Kentucky Pill." From the delicate beauty of Flynn's duet with Laura Marling on "The Water," to the captivating intensity of "Howl" to the joyful sing-a-long "Churlish May," Flynn paints vivid imagery throughout all of his songs. His vocals, writing and arrangements are beyond his 27 years, not to mention that he is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin, trumpet, guitar, violin, banjo, organ, piano and ukulele throughout Been Listening.

Been Listening is the follow up to Flynn's 2008 debut A LarumUSA Today said, "...this U.S. debut by a 25-year old poet/actor/troubadour/multi-instrumentalist is a thing of raw beauty. A Larum gleams with precious poise, passion and promise."

Been Listening was produced, recorded and mixed by Ryan Hadlock (Regina Spektor, The Strokes), who also produced A Larum. The album was recorded in Seattle and London.

Released in the UK in May, Been Listening has received high praise from the British press. BBC Musicsaid, "...Flynn's latest joins a select collection of releases deserving considerable acclaim... A confident, affecting set." Mojostated, "Stands to reconfirm him as a promising homegrown talent with an impressive lyrical reach..."

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