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Like Brian Wilson or Fleet Foxes, Loney Dear mastermind Emil Svanängen approaches pop music from an orchestral perspective, layering and counter-pointing instruments to create gorgeous confections of melancholy. Hall Music's tracks slowly unfold with subtle textural interweavings, with lyrics ranging from the disarmingly plainspoken to the obliquely poetic. If the grandeur of some of Svanängen’s arrangements has been reined in compared to previous releases, the keen ear for sonic detail that’s always distinguished his work is still present. As expected, the tracks here are downbeat in tone, with traces of hope audible around the edges. Svanängen’s voice, with its eerie, keening falsetto, conveys more than his words literally express in tunes like “Name” and “Young Hearts.” The sparse embellishments of “D Major” contrast with the ghostly keyboard wash of “Largo” and the echoing swirl of “I Dreamed About You.” Malin Stahlberg takes the vocal spotlight on “What Have I Become,” a strangely uplifting ode to Scandinavian angst.

Customer Reviews

Love it!

Another great record from Loney Dear. Some of the most unique pop music out there today. "D Major" and "What Have I Become" are favorites.

Big Fan of Loney Dear

I have probably listened to Loney Dear more than any other artist since I ran across their music 3 years ago, and each of their albums have seemed to eclipse their previous efforts. While this album has some penetrating moments, it didn't leave me with the same sense of wonder. But sub-par Loney Dear is still among the jewels of any collection.


Born: March 26, 1979 in Jönköping, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Apparently, lightning does, in fact, strike twice. In exactly the same way that indie chamber folk auteur Jens Lekman was discovered -- his homemade CD-Rs falling into the right hands -- Lekman's Swedish compatriot Emil Svanängen ended up signed to a respected American indie label when someone in Sub Pop's Seattle offices happened upon the talented singer/songwriter's early homemade discs through the Internet. Hailing from the small city of Jonkoping, Sweden, Svanängen first began recording homemade,...
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