Music: Johnny Flynn's "Brown Trout Blues"

September 1, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Somehow I couldn’t resist hunting up British folk artist Johnny Flynn’s single from his new album A Larum. (Perhaps it has something to do with the song title.) You can see the music video on Flynn’s own Web site. If you don’t know Flynn, he’s an actor, poet and songwriter who “cites W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare among his influences,” according to Wikipedia. Chris Gilliver reviews the track in the Manchester Evening News: “A witty, well-spoken purveyor of incredibly simple, yet beautifully written acoustic gems he deserves to take the world by storm, but he will continue to finish runner up if he continues to release singles like this. It’s an odd choice. Understated, and seemingly written in the small hours, it totters around his self-effacing psyche with his usual style and charm, but it’s just not a single.”