‘Are You Doing This To Hurt Me’ is the second single from the maverick, London-based artist Ethan P. Flynn. While his debut single ‘Everybody’s Dying To Meet You‘ was written and recorded in Los Angeles during writing sessions for FKA twigs’ acclaimed Magdalene album (described in more detail in a recent profile in The Face magazine), ‘Are You Doing This To Hurt Me’ had much more humble beginnings. Written six months previously, the song followed the amicable but painful breakup of a relationship, with Flynn having recently dropped out of Guildhall University and living in a tiny box room-meets-home studio in an east London flat share. With a gloriously confident intro making way for a beguiling lyrical vulnerability, it’s a brilliant follow up statement from the young songwriter, beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist who has previously collaborated with the likes of Jeshi, TTY, Jockstrap, Vegyn, Slowthai, Celeste and Black County, New Road.
‘Are You Doing This To Hurt Me’ is accompanied by an AliyahOtchere and GeordieBottomley directed video, shot at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, where the video was also premiered last night. Available from today on all digital services, it will also be available on super limited (100 copies) 7” vinyl. The vinyl will feature 100 unique hand made artworks by Ethan using mixed media art form, ink, spin art and letter press and comes backed with exclusive new track ‘What You Do To Me’.
Today, Ethan P. Flynn also announces details of an expanded version of his debut compilation and career retrospective B-Sides & Rarities Volume 1. Originally released via Bandcamp, B-Sides & Rarities Volume 1 is an evolving body of work featuring a collection of songs recorded between 2015 and 2018. Showcasing a deft songwriting flair and touching on musical inspirations that run the gamut from Sparklehorse to Madlib, Julia Holter to Danny Brown and Tom Waits, the collection first appeared via Bandcamp in 2019. The record’s next chapter saw Tokyo’s renowned Big Love Records pressing the album to vinyl at the start of 2020, exclaiming “A genius appears! The first hero of the 2020s!” Now expanded to include four new songs – ‘Everybody’s Dying To Meet You’, ‘Are You Doing This To Hurt Me?’, ‘What You Do To Me’ and ‘When I Taste The Pavement’ – it will get a full global release via Young Turks on 10th September.