And I’ll drink myself to death
or at least, I’ll drink myself to sleep
Chain smoke my way through the gaps inbetween
My aspirations and my apathy
Johnny Hobo & The Freight Trains
I was sober all morning til i woke up this afternoon
A Larum was the 2008 debut album of British folk singer, Johnny Flynn who fronts for the London-based group, The Sussex Wit. The band teams up brilliantly with Flynn, delivering lively and elaborate melodies to follow the witticisms of Flynn’s lyrics. The album’s jaunty folk tunes are led by rich guitar as well as strings and brass accompaniments. Flynn’s dark, grizzled folk voice teems with thoughtful lyrics full of wit and irony. While his lyrics are sometimes playful, they suggest suggest hidden undertones of pessimism (because even happy folk music can’t be that happy). Their popular song, “Tickle Me Pink” may sound cheerful and frisky, but the lyrics seemingly imply more macabre nuances: “Pray for the people inside your head/ For they won’t be there when you’re dead,” followed by an animated chorus of harmonized “When you’re dead!” Similarly, “The Wrote & The Writ” offers intrigues of ironic sentiment, which present a clever warning against cleverness:
If you’re born with a love for the wrote and the writ
People of letters your warning stands clear
Pay heed to your heart and not to your wit
Don’t say in a letter what you can’t in my ear.
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit are a distinctive group in contemporary folk in providing an album flowing with captivating melodies and intelligent thoughts. If you fancy similarly bright and original folk artists, check out Laura Marling, Andrew Bird and The Tallest Man on Earth.
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and i claim i’m not excited with my life any more
so i blame this town, this job, these friends
the truth is it’s myself