Johnny Flynn shared new track “Heart Sunk Hank” from his fourth studio album Sillion due March 24 via Transgressive Records. NPR‘s Bob Boilen premiered the song on All Songs Considered.
“Heart Sunk Hank” follows previous single “Raising The Dead“ and is part inspired by the folk song “Ten Thousand Miles.” Embed code is below.
“There’s a version of that song by Nic Jones that I really love,” says Flynn. “His version is really pure and beautiful and trembling with authenticity. But I played it to my wife and she hated it. And it made me laugh: how can it be that this person that I love hates this song?” It’s the strange humor of this juxtaposition that feeds “Heart Sunk Hank,“ the fascination of their differing approaches to love and absence. “I’ve been away from home a lot,” says Flynn. “I’m always off, and I carry that sense of my love across the seas, romanticising it, and she’s like ’Shut up, come home.”
“Heart Sunk Hank” also allowed Flynn to try out a Voice-o-Graph — the recording booth popular in the 1940’s which gave people two flat minutes to make a record. “There’s only two working in the world and there was one in London for a time and I had a chance to have a go in it and that wavy, crackly recording on this song is the recording I made. It sounds like the old Blues records I love. I wanted a sense of time travel in the song, panning from the Voice-o-Graph to the studio recording — at one point there’s one in each ear.”
Sillion has grown episodically between Flynn’s commitments to acting, composing, and his young family. It’s an album about the sacredness of man’s endeavour to connect with the earth while separated from it. It’s the sound of Flynn breathing in and breathing out.
There’s proving to be high demand for Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit’s recently unveiled March headline UK tour; the London show sold out in a few hours , the venue in Edinburgh has been upgraded, while all other dates are close to selling out.
Johnny will also be performing solo shows at this year’s SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, as well as a one-off in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge.
Johnny Flynn Tour Dates:
March 14 -March 18: SXSW – Austin, Texas
March 24: Brighton St George’s Church
March 25: Leeds Church
March 26: Manchester Gorilla
March 27: Edinburgh La Belle Angele *VENUE UPGRADE*
March 28: Birmingham O2 Academy 2
March 29: Bristol Trinity
March 31: London St John’s Hackney *SOLD OUT*
April 21: New York, NY at Le Poisson Rouge