Ethan Flynn cuts to the romantic chase on his charming new single and video Somebody To Love — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The feel-good ditty from his recent album The Pumpkin Club either leaves you desiring someone for yourself, or remembering the beauty of what it was like to be in want. “People tend to think love songs are cliche, but I think love is the most powerful, honest, raw, and healing thing in the world,” Flynn offers. “And there are so many kinds of it! I tend to long for beauty in life, in general, so that’s just how I usually think. It’s beautiful to have somebody to love. It’s beautiful to want love.
“I think some of the most unsatisfied people in the world are upset because they don’t have love; or the will to seek it. Maybe they married someone they weren’t truly in love with; maybe they missed their shot at what felt like ‘true love’; maybe they were once in love with their partner, but the magic faded as they realized something inevitable: that it wasn’t going to last forever. Maybe this is why people stay in the same unsatisfying relationships for as long as they do, all the while longing for real love. And who doesn’t?” the Maple, Ontario rocker considers. “But the more you think about it, the scarier it gets. This is why I find love so compelling.”
The magic in Flynn’s lyricism is the simple message he borrows from experience, and lends to a dreamy pop rock sound inflecting nods towards the ’60s and ’70s. From the first riff, Flynn invites you to the prom, daring his dance partners to sway in that youthful yearning for what other couples on the dance floor euphorically float away in.
And that’s just one song from his new 12-track LP. Yes Pumpkin, Another Day With You and Keep From The Memory join Somebody To Love as singles from The Pumpkin Club, which came out in spring. A fascinating foray into the masterful songwriting craftsmanship Flynn extols as he expertly slides between genres, the album is as eclectic as the themes he experiments with exploring. No rock is left unturned. No truth is left hidden. And no indoor thoughts are left unspoken.
The Pumpkin Club lands just two years following his debut Happy Valley. As a veteran singer-songwriter and frontman of indie group King Catalyst, Flynn’s solo project — a collection of thoughts, prose, memories, and journal entries — is a legacy of love he laboriously pours his leisure time over. “The Pumpkin Club focuses mainly on songs I have finished in the most complete sense, and does not include any instrumental tracks,” Flynn explains. “I believe the album showcases my improvement both as a singer-songwriter and as a producer.”
Flynn also utilized the pandemic’s lockdown to create the video for Somebody To Love. “The pandemic hit, and I was stuck inside my house all day every day, so, I decided to create a music video for my single; shot and edited on my own,” he reveals. “Unlike other music videos I’ve been involved in, this video was created completely by myself, as was the song. I produced, recorded, and wrote the song myself during lockdown. The video includes more than 50 different shots of me in my house and is the music video and recording that I am most proud of.”