Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn's new album was inspired by B-Side Sessions. 

Michael Flynn's May session with Taylor Hickman of B-Side Sessions has inspired an entire stripped-down album that the Charleston-based musician is working on currently. 

"I've been getting really into string arrangements and have always wanted to make something more simple and soft than the usual music I traffic in," says Flynn, who debuted electronic project "Face in the Cloud" in 2014.

"The B-Side Session was a chance to rearrange 'Old Soul' in a way I had never played it, and it kind of unlocked the door for a whole record-sized batch of new songs." 

Flynn's new album, which he's been working on little by little since April, is titled "Pretend Like" and is currently going through the final touches in Nashville. Strings are being recorded Thursday. 

"It's mostly just strings and piano," says Flynn. "Basically, I'm making the early-period Tori Amos record of my adolescent dreams. It's kind of political in places but mostly about trying to figure out what love and happiness looks like when you're stuck in a world that feels broken." 

"Old Soul" particularly is about Flynn getting to know his then-infant daughter and trying to decipher her personality out of vague, wordless clues. 

"Early parenthood is so weird and there's lots of guessing, 'cause they can't talk but they're in there and you can feel it and see it," says Flynn. "I also wanted the song to work as a simple dumb love song, so the lyrics are pretty vague too. Like daughter, like father, I guess?" 

Watch the B-Side Sessions video of "Old Soul" below. 

"I'm such a huge fan of Michael," says B-Side Sessions' Taylor Hickman, "and honestly, that's how I feel about all of these artists I get to work with. I'm a fan and it's such a great feeling knowing that a passion project of mine helped someone I admire try something new." 

Find out more about Michael Flynn on Facebook at facebook.com/michaelflynnthemusical

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts and entertainment for The Post and Courier's Thursday edition, Charleston Scene. She used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper and Scene SC.