Wim S. : Most of you will know Rikard Sjöblom knows of course as the band leader of Beardfish, the band from Sweden with a rather unique sound and repertoire. If you want to know more about Sjöblom and his work, then read my review of his previous release, 'On Her Journey To The Sun. The Swede's music especially applies to fans of progressive rock and people who are a bit adventurous. That adventurousness is also asked of the listener by one of Sjöblom's 'projects’ Gungfly and her new album 'Friendship'.
It would be an understatement if I would say that we are dealing with an eclectic album here. A description that I used to always dislike but which in the case of Gungfly really applies. We hear a mix of rock, pop, jazz, prog, and everything in between. From Zappa craziness to relaxed, harmony vocals and from folky pop to walls of (guitar) sound. So 'They Fade' is very modest and sweet, in 'A Treehouse In A Glade' he tries to visualize how he built a tree house as a young boy and defended it against other children and we hear solid guitars in the rocking 'Stone Cold' . Sjöblom will never become a gifted singer and as a guitarist he does not really excel; Rikard ia all about his compositional qualities. And they are undisputed. The man knows how to give songs a lot of content. Maybe sometimes too much, because for the careless listener it may be too complex and diverse what happens at times. Just listen to the more than 12 minutes of 'If You Fall Part 2' and you undoubtedly know what I mean. That even goes a bit too far for me. If the man would ever succeed in writing some more pointed songs, that would be more pleasant for the listener.