Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Friendship

Over progrock gesproken… Zó hee! De nieuwe van Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly heet ‘Friendship’ en dat is meteen wat ik voel voor dit album. Warme vriendschap voor de muziek op deze mooie plaat. Verkrijgbaar als Ltd. Edition CD Digipak (incl. 3 bonus tracks), 180g Gatefold 2 LP Vinyl Edition (incl. drie bonus tracks & het hele album op CD) én als digitaal album. Uitgekomen op 9 november en als iedere recensent net zo enthousiast is al ik, dan zullen er goede verkoopcijfers volgen.


Door Rinco Ennema

En wie kan er beter uitleggen wat de gedachte achter deze nummers is dan Rikard zelf?

The idea for ”Friendship” came to me because of an old photo of me as a child. I found this old photo at my parents’ house, depicting me standing on top of this really tall treehouse in a glade near our house. Although I of course remembered it as being really high up in the tree tops as a child, this picture proved that it really was! As I reminisced about the treehouse I started thinking about my childhood friends with whom I built it. We were the best of friends and we spent so much time together in this little village where I used to live. This of course made me think about all the friends I used to have, these relationships where you hung out all the time, went through childhood together, grew up and knew everything about each other and then all of a sudden, for some reason, disappeared from each other’s lives. This phenomenon of falling out with someone is still a mystery to me, but I’ve learned to accept it, much like the separation of death it’s just a part of life and the nature of our course of life, I guess. So this is a collection of songs about and for all of my friends, dead or alive, past and present. I chose to base the stories around the treehouse in the glade, not because all of my memories are from there, but rather that it’s the place that made me think back on all of this. Musically, what can I say? This is prog rock, but I want to be free to move in whatever direction the music wants to go and I happily go exploring where it wants to take me. Even though there are a few softer songs and sections, most of the album turned out to be a rocker; a collection of hard rock songs with lots of tricky parts, some heavier moments and some downright jazzy elements too! There’s the track “A Treehouse in a Glade” where I’ve tried to, instrumentally, tell the story of how we built the treehouse, hung out there, defended it like a fort against some older kids that we didn’t want around (we pulled the rope ladder up and proceeded to taunt them from way up there!) and finally how we took it down when the trees started dying. Stuff like that. Hope you’ll like it!

Jazeker, ik ‘like’ de plaat met een dikke duim omhoog! Het is inderdaad progrock die zichzelf alle kanten opslingert, en zowel het voor de hand liggende als het onverwachte niet schuwt. Beestachtige baslijnen, heerlijke Hammond, gierende gitaren en donderende drums, om eens wat alliteraties te gebruiken. Ook de zang is prima in orde. De nummers bieden variëteit zonder aan inhoud te verliezen, zowel tekstueel als muzikaal. Lekker album voor de decembermaanden!

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – “Friendship” (01:10:11)

01. Ghost of Vanity (05:59)
02. Friendship (13:36) 03. They Fade (04:51)
04. A Treehouse in a Glade (06:47)
05. Stone Cold (06:08)
06. If You Fall, Pt.2 (12:45)
07. Crown of Leaves (06:50)
Bonus Tracks
08. Slow Dancer (04:59)
09. Past Generation (04:26)
10. Friendship (Utopian radio edit) (06:30)

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly is:

Petter Diamant: Drums
Rasmus Diamant: Bass on Tracks 1,5,7 and 9
David Zackrisson: Guitar on tracks 6 and 7
Rikard Sjöblom: Vocals, guitar, keyboards and bass

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly online:


Label: InsideOut Music

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