By Johnny Flynn
Everyone knows Johnny Flynn as a member of the vibrant, untraditional "folk" scene in London alongside Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Noah & The Whale, but Johnny seems to be the only one without a chart success. With this track things are sure to change.
The track itself is based around an awesome cello riff that gives the tune a pace that drives it and a viola reminiscent of Eyvind Kang from Laura Veirs' records. The vocals are like a modernised version of a sea shanty with Flynn's vocal style akin to that of a fisherman singing out at sea. The feel of the tune is very Anglo-American, possibly referring to the various influences of Flynn's music. The song is like something from Laura Veirs' 'Year of Meteors' album, but is still emblazoned with a unique British identity played within the story of the song and the vocal delivery.
The most outstanding lyric in the song has to be "I'll just drink pailfulls of rain" in the chorus conjuring up images of nature and turmoil lying hand in hand. The repetition of stanzas in the song really hones in on the folk basis of the song and the use of quirky lyrics really gives this song character.
This song is definitely going to finally accredit Johnny Flynn the praise he deserves for his music and by rights should give him the chart success he has been denied. This track is without doubt his finest work and worth a listen.