Intro: Arn-Identified Flying Objects & Alien Friends
Arne Floryd, a former member of the Swedish band Redmoon, has set up a new solo project called Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends. In 2020, he released the project’s debut single ‘Suck/Strings’, and this was followed by three more singles: ‘Someone Told Me that You Were Dead/Firebird’ (January 2021), ‘Love Will Prevail/Home’ (February 2021) and ‘But Come On Now!/Coffee’ (April 2021). But this review will focus on the harmonious and introspective single ‘Someone Told Me That You Were Dead’, a commentary on love, longing and loss.
In the track, Arne suddenly feels the presence of a lost loved one, leaving him to ponder the thought (and very real feeling) that they never really went away – and how to put that into words. It was produced by power pop artist David Myhr (The Merrymakers), whose wonderful backing vocals give the track its Beach Boys feel. As a result, the layered vocals seem to heighten the tingling feeling of Arne’s dream – that second-guessing moment where dreams and reality suddenly cross. In terms of instrumentation, the acoustic guitar and drums take the lead in the verses. Then, in the chorus, the layered vocals, harpsichord and the warm guitar riffs gives the song its repeat listen value. The warm 60’s/70’s feel of the track is delightful, helping to evoke one’s own memories of those they have lost.
Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends’s double album, 17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate, is a great power pop record. It is out now and you can check it out here, in full, on Spotify.
You can listen to ‘Someone Told Me that You Were Dead’ below.
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