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Loney, Noir

Loney Dear

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Invigorating as a blast of Scandinavian air, Loney, Dear (otherwise known as Emil Svanängen) makes his Sub Pop debut with Loney, Noir. This is power pop mellowed by chamber pop sensibilities, but Svanängen shouldn't be confused with other indie multi-instrumentalists. In opposition to the typical "more is more" attitude of American indie acts like Sufjan Stevens (the artist to whom Svanängen will probably be likened, for better or worse), the throaty flutes and clarinets, optimistic handclaps, and tambourines embroider these songs rather than dominate them. As with other like-minded Swedes (Timo Raisanen, Jens Lekman, and Hello Saferide, just to name a few), Svanängen is a hook-builder, and his sophomore effort is built on breezy, straightforward pop rather than Stevens-esque orchestral noodling. Svanängen, like Raisanen, is blessed with an unbelievably high falsetto, especially apparent on "Saturday Waits." He also possesses a peculiar, rasping voice (when he isn't singing falsetto) and an apparent love of Brian Wilson, as demonstrated by the tight, soaring harmonies. The best moments on Loney, Noir are glowing, rushing, and immediately infectious. The album's first single, "I Am John," encapsulates this with its ebullient drums and breathless, surging vocals. It's the kind of song that becomes the soundtrack for an entire summer. Loney, Noir is an adolescent album, not because Svanängen hasn't yet reached his full potential as a songwriter, but because these songs are deeply interested in adolescent experience ("I'm a teenager, I'm anxious"). More than anything, Loney, Noir is almost ridiculously sweet, and this is by no means a bad thing.
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1
Sinister In A State Of Hope
00:03:07

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

2
I Am John
00:03:30

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

3
Saturday Waits
00:03:39

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder - Malin Ståhlberg , Vocals

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

4
Hard Days 1.2.3.4
00:03:23

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

5
I Am The Odd One
00:03:11

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

6
No One Can Win
00:03:26

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder - August Wanngren, Engineer - Ola Hultgren, Drums

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

7
I Will Call You Lover Again
00:02:47

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

8
Carrying A Stone
00:03:47

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

9
The Meter Marks OK
00:03:14

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

10
And I Won't Cause Anything At All
00:03:34

Loney Dear, MainArtist - Emil Svanängen, Composer, Performance - John Babil, Engineer, Recorder

2007 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2005 Dear John Recordings under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

Album Description

Invigorating as a blast of Scandinavian air, Loney, Dear (otherwise known as Emil Svanängen) makes his Sub Pop debut with Loney, Noir. This is power pop mellowed by chamber pop sensibilities, but Svanängen shouldn't be confused with other indie multi-instrumentalists. In opposition to the typical "more is more" attitude of American indie acts like Sufjan Stevens (the artist to whom Svanängen will probably be likened, for better or worse), the throaty flutes and clarinets, optimistic handclaps, and tambourines embroider these songs rather than dominate them. As with other like-minded Swedes (Timo Raisanen, Jens Lekman, and Hello Saferide, just to name a few), Svanängen is a hook-builder, and his sophomore effort is built on breezy, straightforward pop rather than Stevens-esque orchestral noodling. Svanängen, like Raisanen, is blessed with an unbelievably high falsetto, especially apparent on "Saturday Waits." He also possesses a peculiar, rasping voice (when he isn't singing falsetto) and an apparent love of Brian Wilson, as demonstrated by the tight, soaring harmonies. The best moments on Loney, Noir are glowing, rushing, and immediately infectious. The album's first single, "I Am John," encapsulates this with its ebullient drums and breathless, surging vocals. It's the kind of song that becomes the soundtrack for an entire summer. Loney, Noir is an adolescent album, not because Svanängen hasn't yet reached his full potential as a songwriter, but because these songs are deeply interested in adolescent experience ("I'm a teenager, I'm anxious"). More than anything, Loney, Noir is almost ridiculously sweet, and this is by no means a bad thing.
© Margaret Reges /TiVo

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