Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends – “Empty Days”


Enjoyably representative of the melodic, dynamic songwriting from Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends, “Empty Days” comes via the Swedish artist’s recent album, 17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate. An innocent, music box-like progression shows initially, accompanied by twangy guitar plucks. Arne’s vocals usher in solemnly, remarking “I’m left with just empty days,” as a more vibrant vocal cue emerges. The album is abundant with standout hooks, and this track excels in that regard past the one-minute mark. “Watching busy streets below,” the vocals remark amidst expressive guitar tones, in a melodic power-pop vein. The ensuing verses guides seamlessly back into the initial twinkling, the track’s contrast from twinkling quaintness and expansive rock enthralling throughout.

Arne elaborates more on the track, below:

This tune is an odd bird on my double-album (17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate). I usually take pride in writing the lyrics myself, but the heartbreaking words on this one were actually written by Redmoon-drummer Åke Lindgren – who also shares lead vocals with me. (I actually had to convince him to do that!) The track starts with a soft musicbox-tune, like a lullaby, but grows into something else and reaches a kind of mournful climax in the bridge, which is followed by a beautiful solo on slide guitar (played by co-producer David Myhr).

“Empty Days” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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