#654 Johnny Flynn – Detectorists

Johnny Flynn is only 33 years old, but has the ability to channel and emulate roots folk music with his story telling lyrics, finger picking, and song composition. I had been introduced to Johnny Flynn before, but only recently starting diving into his discography due to a reintroduction to him through the BBC show The Detectorists, as he wrote the intro song and performs at an open mic within the show. The television show is amazing, but that’s not what this post is about. The song however, is a masterpiece. My only complaint is that the song is not longer, totaling at about two minutes in length. It’s one of those songs that instantly gives you goosebumps and transports you to the countryside during the magic hour when golden sunlight peeps through a canopy of trees overhead. Delicate finger picking, a slow build, multiple parts and sections of the song that keep it interesting and constantly moving forward, and hopeful, yet apprehensive, lyrics.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and listen to this song (and watch the show).

“Will you swim through the briny sea for me,
Roll along the ocean’s floor.
I’ll be your treasure.”