Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the single from Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends. Some Angels Never Learn To Fly was released in May 2021.
The song starts with a cool tom-based drum beat and leads into a classic-sounding soft rock track with 60s feeling influences. Regular readers of our blog will have heard of Arn several times before, and we’re always impressed at his ability to create songs with a timeless feel.
Everything about this track screams Roy Orbison! From the rhythm patterns to the lead vocals, there’s a definite sense of the spirit of Orbison being conjured up in Arn’s work, and if you’re a fan of Orbison and the Travelling Wiburys, then you’ll no doubt become an instant fan of Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends.
An electric guitar creates some repeated riffs between vocal lines, giving the listener an extra hook to get familiar with, and the harmonies (created by David Myhr of the Merrymakers) sit perfectly in line with Arn’s vocals, creating that lovely harmony effect that the Wilburys were so revered for.
The rhythm guitar (reminiscent of Orbison’s, You Got It) keeps everything in check and the bass line sits well with the drums, throwing in the occasional fill to add some extra interest.
Even though this was our first listen to this track, it feels comfortable and familiar. Like an old friend. Despite an interesting chord progression between verse and chorus, this is a track which feels timeless and like you’ve known it for years.
We liked the long instrumental fade out with strummed guitar and electric guitar repeated riffs, fading off into the distance, sending you off down a rabbit hole hoping to find more of Arn’s music to enjoy.
Ideas from our ears
A cut in the vocal track around 390Hz would reduce the occasional ‘boxy’ sound and a wide boost across the high mids and highs with a dip back down around 7kHz to avoid boosting too much sibilance in the vocals. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends track, Some Angels Never Learn To Fly, is a journey down memory lane for fans of 60s power pop and soft rock. Not to be missed if you’re a fan of Orbison, the Everley Brothers, Buddy Holly and similar.