Yesterday sees the launch of the video for the epic and emotional title track of the album, and you can watch the clip created by Crystal Spotlight here:
Rikard Sjöblom comments: «Alone Together is a song about loss, about not being able to take care of your child because of mental Illness and being forced to put them in an institution or a care home. Musically it’s an adventurous piece for me, I wanted to mix many different styles and sounds and I even ended up growling a little which I haven’t done since Beardfish days. I also mixed that with surf guitars and ballad piano… go figure!».
with heaviness and incredible emotions.
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 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».