Ethan P. Flynn has been an in-demand collaborator for a bit, working with the likes of David Byrne (on his album American Utopia), FKA twigs (on 2019's MAGDALENE) and most recently Vegyn, the Frank Ocean producer who collaborated with Flynn on the Songs You Need-playlisted single "Superstition." He's shared a collection of tracks called B-Sides & Rarities: Volume 1, but his upcoming seven-track album Universal Deluge, out March 11 via Young, marks his debut proper.
Like the songs on B-Sides, Flynn's new single "Father of Nine" is all bubbling emotion with the urgency of someone who's marooned on a desert island. Flynn's creaky, despondent lead vocals grasp on for dear life to the '60s psych pastiche of the instrumentation, an antsy sibling to the sound of MGMT's underrated sophomore project Congratulations. In the music video, Flynn belt out the song in a single take in front of a burning house.
“This song is about complex family relationships between people who haven’t met each other," says Flynn in an email. "It isn’t necessarily a love song at all. There’s an urge to feel a kind of affinity with your ancestors but a lot of them were probably really terrible people. I was also thinking about how many weddings had to happen in the past for a person to exist- like an incomprehensible amount of weddings led to your birth.”