From Sam Amidon’s All Is Well and Fleet Foxes’ Ragged Wood, so far, 2008 has been an amazing year for folk music! And it continues to shine as I discovered yet another wonderful folk record—A Larum by Johnny Flynn. The record is fantastic right from the get-go: "The Box", a song about Rob the homeless man sets up Flynn’s entertaining narratives and characters evident throughout A Larum. The up tempo melodies and gorgeous fiddlings are more than pleasing to the ears. Flynn’s grave voice, brass sections, shouting of "I’m alright!/I’m alright!", tipping, and whistling are the components to the perfect sad song in "Hong Kong Cemetry". I can go on forever telling you how great A Larum is, but it’s probably best if you just check out the songs below; or better yet, if you are in Toronto on Saturday, stop by at Criminal Records (493 Queen St. West) around 5pm to see a free in-store performance by Johnny Flynn!
The Box [wicked-cool song]
Sally [wicked-cool song]
Hong Kong Cemetry [super-wicked-cool song]
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visit Johnny Flynn's MySpace here
buy A Larum here