music monday: johnny flynn & the sussex wit.
this is not about mumford & sons. although i do love them and this super quick french version of awake my soul, they are too obvious. see that guy playing fiddle in the video? that is johnny flynn and i have loved him for quite a while now.
i don’t even know how to describe their sound. pained? surely. folk? that sounds so lame. but there are definitely banjos… so… yes? as i’ve been googling i’ve read terms like ‘brit-folk’ and ‘whimsy’. both are stupid. there’s truth in their music – the lyrics deal with things that you and i might have experience with a great deal of sophistication that one might find in british literature. and the speed of the music and depth of the words bear a striking resemblance to the way your mind might work through some of your problems whether it be on a train going somewhere or as you lay in bed unable to sleep… only with a banjo.
‘it’s obvious that he’s absorbed a great deal of poetic clout from the old English texts he’s spent so long enacting– notice how he cleverly uses the written-letter motif of “The Wrote and the Writ” to offer sly insight into love, loss, and religious faith.’