Rikard Sjöblom is a singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter at Beardfish. He plays solo and with bands as Big Big Train, Bootcut, Gungfly and he is a freelance musician.
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Rikard Sjöblom is pleased to announce his new album under the Gungfly moniker, Alone Together. Set for release on the 4th September 2020, it follows extremely productive past few years, whether it be working with English progressive rockers Big Big Train, or taking the lead with Gungfly.
Rikard Sjöblom comments: «I started writing these songs about a year ago but then it took some time to get started with the production because I had two tours lined up, one with Big Big Train in November and then opening solo for The Flower Kings on their European tour in December. After that my focus shifted back to Gungfly and it felt really nice so it all came together pretty fast! ».
Alone Together saw Gungfly recording as a trio, with brothers and previous collaborators Petter Sjöblom and Rasmus Diamant on drums and bass respectively. «It was a lot of fun playing both keyboards and guitar because I had come up with a lot of nice parts but I knew early on that I wanted to make the album with the brothers on drums and bass – luckily they were very up for it!». The track Happy Somewhere In Between,
Rikard Sjöblom states about Happy Somewhere In Between, «I wanted to write an upbeat prog-rocker about a subject I was reading about, and got intrigued by: the dynamics in a relationship – how one person can be needy and the other one avoidant. These personality traits sometimes attract each other but then things get problematic when one needs a lot of attention and the other one tends to feel trapped by it. It’s also about mixing things up in general and pretty much a fun song about serious stuff».
This power-trio have focused on the rock this time, and you can hear that loud and clear: «I didn’t want to smother the production with layers upon layers of keyboards and bells and whistles but instead tried to keep it prog rock with the focus on Rock. I wanted every instrument to mean something in the mix. This is evident on tracks like Happy Somewhere In Between and the 13-minute epic Traveler, where Gungfly have never hit harder».
Alone Together will be available as a Limited CD Digipak (with 2 bonus tracks), Gatefold 2LP + CD & as Digital Album. The album cover features a painting by American artist Kevin Sloan (The Flower Kings). Rikard Sjöblom comments of the piece: «I had just written lyrics for the song From Afar and was looking at Kevin Sloan’s paintings when I came across this one and I couldn’t believe the connection, particularly the lyric A Million Eyes Watching Glimpses Of Each Other’s lLves».
Rikard Sjöblom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist front man of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their recent studio albums.