Dublin songwriter John Francis Flynn has revealed a second song form his new album Look Over The Wall, See The Sky.
With the release of the album one we’ve highlighted as one of the 16 to look out for before the end of the year, Flynn has released another song called ‘Willie Crotty’ ahead of the album’s November 10th release, after ‘Mole In The Ground’.
The song is a woozy dirgey atmospheric take on an old song, it drags and wheeze and will fit very well on a Halloween or Samhain playlist no doubt.
This eerie rendition of ‘Willy Crotty’ was recorded in a bedroom in Leitrim using the unlikely combination of a clarinet, a handheld radio, a Casio SK1, a harmonica and an effects pedal. Where we might hear horror or feel terror, John explains that these sonic provocations are his guttural language and are always aiding the emotional leverage of the song, in a way that traditional instruments can’t. As for the song’s protagonists, “these are the sounds of their lives are being torn apart.”
The video was directed by Ruth Clinton and Cormac MacDiarmada (Lankum).
John Francis Flynn Tour Dates
Fri, Dec 1st – Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Sat, Dec 2nd – Vicar St, Dublin
Fri, Dec 8th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Sat, Dec 9th – St Luke’s, Cork
Sun, Dec 10th – De Barras, Clonakilty
Thurs, Dec 14th – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
Fri, Jan 12th – Out To Lunch Festival, Ulster Sports Club, Belfast
Fri, Jan 19th – Brudenell, Leeds
Sat, Jan 20th – Celtic Connections, Drygate, Glasgow
Sun, Jan 21st – The Caves, Edinburgh
Tues, Jan 23rd – The Exchange, North Shields
Wed, Jan 24th – YES. Manchester
Thurs, Jan 25th – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Fri, Jan 26th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Sat, Jan 27th – The Exchange, Bristol
Tues, Jan 30th – Concorde 2, Brighton
Wed, Jan 31st – The Dome, London
Thu, Feb 1st – Point FMR, Paris
Mon, Feb 5th – Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam
Sat, Feb 10th – Silent Green, Berlin
Thu, Feb 22nd – Theatre Royal, Waterford
About Look Over The Wall, See The Sky
Often, to imagine Ireland is to fantasise about rolling hills, giants, saints and snakes. As John Francis Flynn says, it involves “a fair bit of paddywhackery and I hate paddywhackery.” The psyche-celtic album artwork for John’s second album Look Over The Wall, See The Sky, hints at this too though: a crystal goblet of luminous green Crème de Menthe resting upon a mossy ledge, perfectly encapsulating this imagined idea of Ireland in a way that is both funny and poignant. But, if you have to imagine Ireland in the first place, then you’re probably not too familiar with its reality: the towering glass giants of Google and Facebook, the unaffordable luxury hotels lining the Liffey amidst a homelessness epidemic and the highest rents in Europe.
To listen to Look Over The Wall, See The Sky is to witness history through a modern lens in a trance-like state. As expected, Flynn’s contemporary influences are sufficiently esoteric, from ‘The Heart Pumps Kool Aid’ by —__–___ to ‘The invention of the Human’ by Dylan Henner (a concept album about an AI learning to sing). However, he was also inspired by his contemporaries in the traditional music scene in Ireland, many of whom contributed to the album, as well as those outside of it, such as noise-rockers Gilla Band and Rising Damp.
On his last record, I Would Not Live Always, John was much more conscious of bringing acoustic instruments and weird synthesized sounds together as a concept. But now with his unique musical language fully formed, “I feel freer within that language to experiment and take it further without it being too conscious or premeditated”.
- The Zoological Gardens
- Mole In The Ground
- Willie Crotty
- The Seasons
- Within A Mile Of Dublin
- The Lag Song
- Dirty Old Town