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Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen makes records and plays shows under the enigmatic name of Loney Dear. In the early 2000s, in his Stockholm apartment studio, Svanängen made a name for himself by creating homemade CDrs with a minidisk microphone and a home computer, self-releasing albums. By 2007 his music was embraced by US label Sub Pop, who released three albums: Loney Noir, Dear John and Hall Music.
Loney Dear has built a significant reputation over the years, with some glowing reviews in The Guardian, BBC, Drowned in Sound, Pitchfork and earlier this year the Line of Best Fit went as far as calling him a “brilliant genius”.
Consistently creating elegant, deeply stirring music, Loney Dear has been described by The Quietus as ”…the obsessive work of one man, albeit one that can sing with the vulnerable delicacy of an angel and makes bedroom recordings that sound like God's own orchestra”. Multi-layered with instrumentation and Svanängen’s fragile yet irrepressible vocals, Loney Dear’s songs bloom with a sense of both intimacy and openness, at once uplifting and heartbreaking, tenacious yet tender.
Loney Dear signed to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in June 2017. The eponymous album will be released on September 29th to tie in with a European Tour and a preview at WOMAD Charlton Park in July.
Monday 19th February 2018
Price: £10 advance (+stbf)