I first heard Loney, Dear in 2007, when Sub Pop re-released Loney, Noir. I was intrigued by multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen‘s talented song-writing and style, but for some reason never picked up the entire album. As Loney, Dear, Svanängen crafts catchy, indie pop that meshes well with his soft spoken storytelling.
2 years later, the Sweden native just launched his 5th album, Dear John, on Polyvinyl Records. The lead single, “Airport Surroundings”, races along while Svanängen confesses his love over a synth and horn soundscape. Aside from it being a great song, I would kill for someone to mash-up this track with the West Coast classic, “Regulate”. I swear the vocal acrobatics Loney, Dear uses are similar to Nate Dogg’s flow.
You be the judge.
Buy Loney, Dear – Dear John here.
Unfortunately, I just missed his ATL stop, opening for Andrew Bird on Feb. 20th at the Variety Playhouse, but don’t miss him at the remaining tour dates below.
25 Feb 2009 The Murray Theater (w/ Andrew Bird) Murray, Utah
26 Feb 2009 The Ogden Theater (w/ Andrew Bird) Denver, Colorado
27 Feb 2009 Slowdown (w/ Andrew Bird) Omaha, Nebraska
28 Feb 2009 Hoyt Sherman Place (w/ Andrew Bird) Des Moines, Iowa
1 Mar 2009 Schuba’s Tavern (Headline show) Chicago, Illinois