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  • Label: Regal
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Has there ever been a better time to be a bedroom genius? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, you can record your music, get it out and get it noticed no matter how uncool you or your home town may be.

Loney Dear are living proof of this. The latest discovery from the legendary Sub Pop label - lest we forget the original home of Nirvana and current home of CSS - Loney Dear is basically the alias of multi instrumentalist Emil Svanangen from Jonkoping in Sweden. He's been quietly releasing music independently for years, Loney Noir is album number four from him and it shows that there's much more to Swedish music than ABBA, Europe or Ace Of Bass.

What we have here is mostly acoustic, almost folky in places although there are some electronics lurking in the mix as well as xylophones, clarinets, pump organs and cellos. The whole thing is held together by Emil's falsetto voice and lovely and subtle stuff it is as well. Think of bands like Sigur Ros, Lambchop or Aberfeldy or even a singer like James Yorkson and you'll get the general idea of what is going on here.

Don't go imagining that this is fey stuff though. Yes, there are songs here called "I Am The Odd One" and "I Will Call You Lover Again" but it never sounds precious. Svanangen's major talent is as an arranger and he is a master of the delicate build up. Album highlight "I Am John" might start softly but by the end things are, if not quite rocking out, certainly sounding more Flaming Lips than Belle and Sebastian. This is the pattern of the whole album; songs here rarely finish in the way that they start and at a brief thirty three minutes not a second of music is wasted.

The whole album is a low key pop delight which reveals more and more secrets with every listen. One to fall in love with. --Brian McCluskey

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Was attracted to the music of Loney Dear after reading some positive reviews of his previous album 'Sologne'..and being a sucker for lush scandanavian pop thought i'd sample it. Loved it and caught them live shortly after....what can I say?...completely enchanted...best gig Ive seen for some time - and I see a LOT of gigs. I then heard Loney Noir' and Ive been completely smitten ever since. How can I describe it?..Scandanavian Surf?..Dream Folk?...the beautiful harmonies certainly have echoes of Brian Wilson..whilst some of the almost symphonic anthems put one in mind of Sigur Ros - in a lighthearted mood, sharing a studio with Sufjan Stevens....whatever, its a glorious, mood lifting collection of superb songs, hooks, chorus's and angelic vocals. With luck and justice 2007 will be a Loney Dear year
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Listened to I am John a freebie on I tunes and was hooked,a really catchy tune,so decided to buy the album,Brian Wilson lives, this is superb,not a duff track and you will certainly be missing a musical treat if you do not buy this it's Great Great Great
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Saw him live supporting Leisure Society . This album is completely different to what I saw . this is a great album .
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. I love this album. 31 Jan. 2009
By Lars Hayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Listen to this album, and you will like it. It's not just that Loney, Dear (aka Emil Svanängen) has crafted the most infectious acoustic pop you'll likely ever hear; it's that when you listen to the album, you feel as if you don't have a care in the world. Something about the earnestly optimistic tone of the music and Svanängen's almost child-like voice practically lifts you up into the clouds. That's not to say it's all fluff, though. On the contrary, Loney, Dear's arrangements are richly layered with an eclectic selection of wood-windy instruments and percussion, and the songwriting is undeniably innovative. Some have said that the Internet age marked the decline of excellence and variety in music. Loney, Dear (who got his start recording in his living room and distributing CD-Rs) makes a pretty strong case that the opposite is true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away 16 Feb. 2007
By Aaron W. Hatch - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a lover of music and a producer of some, and this album totally blew me away. I think of Emil's vocals as like Brian Wilson, only one octave higher; or like Grandaddy, except less stylized and drawn out. The rhythms are almost fidgety, but steady nonetheless. What is amazing about this music is the way Emil builds a storm using sounds not usually found in pop music these days. Clarinets, saxophones, baritone snare drums, glockenspiels, barking keyboard bass, and odd percussion are layered gradually through each song to create wonderful compositions. Each song is like a mini party, with a warm up at the beginning, a huge development part, a climax near the end, and a cool down to finish it up. It's electronic music unplugged, it's fast woodsy party rock, and it's fantastic pop. Emil's lyrics are understated and catchy, poignant only when they need to be. Sub Pop seems to be promoting this stuff well, so I hope people catch on. I can't wait to hear what comes out next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air! 9 Mar. 2007
By Cale E. Reneau - Published on Amazon.com
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Someone take me to Sweden. It seems like the indie music world is starting to be flooded with Swedes. And they're all fairly awesome. One of the country's most notable exports is Emil Svanängen, or as he's referred to here, Loney, Dear. "Loney, Noir" was my first introduction to the artist, and I must say that I'm fairly impressed. In the relatively short time that the album runs, I found myself captivated, impressed, and wanting to take that trip to Sweden more than ever. By the end of it, however, I was at peace. "Loney, Noir" is one excellent album.

It begins with the solemn, yet hopeful "Sinister In A State of Hope." Svanängen's voice is strong in character, yet utterly fragile; sounding like you could shatter it with the slightest breeze. A breathy tenor, he sings earnestly, "All I want is a state of hope," and your heart breaks. The first single from the album, "I am John" is a much more upbeat affair, but no more uplifting lyrically. Svanängen mutters, "And I told you, I was never gonna let you down, never gonna let you down. But I will always let you down." The song climaxes with the smooth roar of a clarinet, drums, and tenor-goodness. It's a beautiful song, and a wonderful introduction to anyone who hasn't heard the artist yet.

"I am the Odd One" begins with the artist lamenting, "I am sorry, honestly I'm sorry, I ruined your day." The song continues with subtle whistles, the familiar clarinet, and a gentle guitar progression and is both inspiring and depressing when Svanängen sings "You got it wrong, you took a glance at me, said I'm the odd one" in the chorus. It's followed by the standout track on the album, and the incredibly remarkable "No One Can Win." The melody here is gorgeous and slowly builds into an all out heartbreaker. A line like "The sun never reaches here. The shadows have won, " is standard whiny indie rock fare, but when Emil sings it with every last bit of humanity within himself, it comes off as poetry of the utmost grandeur!

The album continues with short reflections like "I Will Call You Lover Again" and "The Meter Marks Okay," while also adding in another captivating song in "And I Won't Cause Anything at All." It possesses a steady electronic beat that complements Svanängen's voice perfectly, each at their most-subtle. The album seems to begin like a breath of fresh air. It ends here like a much-needed exhale. Softly, it is released, and it is gone. The experience of listening to "Loney, Noir" is just as refreshing.

The album bleeds with his frailty, and one can't help but think that that's part of it's appeal. While people could compare him to Bright Eyes in many ways, Conor Oberst seems almost fraudulent when compared to Loney, Dear. Perhaps it's just his more-accessible voice, but Svanängen has surprised me by crafting an album that is not only beautiful, complex, and gut-wrenching, but undeniably charming. 2007 continues to impress with so many stellar albums being consistently released. "Loney, Noir" is one of the best so far. I've still never been to Sweden, but I feel about as close to it as ever.

Recommended for fans of Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, I'm From Barcelona, and anyone who needs a breath of fresh air in music form.

Key Tracks:

1. "Sinister In a State of Hope"

2. "I Am John"

3. "Saturday Waits"

4. "I Am the Odd One"

5. "No One Can Win"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 6 Dec. 2007
By C. B. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing and beautiful record that you should buy immediately! this is the best new CD I have heard since Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2002. seriously. There's not a weak link on the whole recording. The real danger is that you me not able to stop listening to it....hopefully Emil and company have many more great ones left in them.

This CD will have you singing and humming all day long. as was apparently written elsewhere about a song off of another Loney, Dear CD: if you don't like it, you have a cold heart ( or something like that). anyway, if you don't like you don't appreciate great harmonies and great singing. and great music!! etc. etc. This band rules and I can't believe more has not been written about them. I was just lucky enought to randomly see them at a Sea and Cake show last summer. can't wait to see them again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Fun 2 Jan. 2008
By m - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It really is a great little album. One that makes you smile even when the lyrics aren't necessarily upbeat.
Buy it, support this genius who finally utilized the bassoon in a listenable way.
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