The Moon Also Rises is Johnny Flynn's second collaborative effort with his friend and best-selling author, Robert Macfarlane. On it, the pair explore the profound depths of existence, and the enduring interplay between darkness and light.
Building on the foundation Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane laid with their first joint album, 2021’s Lost In The Cedar Wood, The Moon Also Rises is a powerful exploration of timeless themes of death and renewal, of darkness and light. The record unfolds with the first five tracks, a collection of songs that dive deep into the heart of burial, shadows, and memory. It's a melancholic reflection on life's transient nature, a shadowy journey through the recesses of existence. But there's a pivotal juncture within the album, a fulcrum around which everything pivots - "The Sun Also Rises." This song occupies a liminal space, straddling the realms of darkness and light, encapsulating the duality that shapes our lives.
The Moon Also Rises is a lyrical tapestry woven with poetry, narrative, landscapes, history, nature, and myth. On it, Flynn and Macfarlane traverse a vast expanse of themes, entwining winter with spring, ancient with contemporary, and birth with death. It is a reminder that, as one light fades, another, distinct and born anew, emerges to take its place. The album mostly came together in an old Methodist chapel, now the home of Flynn and Macfarlane's friends, Cosmo and Flora Sheldrake. The backdrop of this unique recording location infuses the album with an authentic, raw quality that mirrors the lyrical depth of its content. Behind the production of The Moon Also Rises stands Charlie Andrew, known for his work with Alt-J and Marika Hackman. His expertise in creating textured soundscapes makes sure the album's emotional core resonates with striking clarity.
Beyond the studio, Johnny Flynn is currently gracing the stage in The Motive And The Cue, directed by Sam Mendes, and his upcoming film, One Life, in which he shares the screen with Anthony Hopkins, hits theaters in January. Among his many starring roles, one that shines brightly is his portrayal of the one and only David Bowie in the film Stardust. Meanwhile, Robert Macfarlane continues to teach at Cambridge while preparing for the release of upcoming book, Is a River Alive? in 2025.