Peter Gabriel: “Loney Dear is a wonderful talent. For me he’s Europe’s answer to Brian Wilson. We’re delighted he’s joining Real World Records.”
Swedish artist, writer and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen makes records as Loney Dear. In the early 2000s in Stockholm, he made a name for himself by creating homemade CDs with a minidisc mic and a home computer, self-releasing albums which by 2007 had pricked Sub Pop’s ears and they released ‘Loney, Noir‘.
Two more, ‘Dear John‘ and ‘Hall Music‘ followed, as did 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”.
Loney Dear has consistently crafted elegant, deeply stirring music, 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”.
Fragile yet irrepressible vocals, Loney’s songs bloom with a sense of both intimacy and openness, uplifting and heartbreaking.
After all these years in the music industry, Svanängen has reached a stage in which he is not striving to be loved, to be big, to be recognised or feels that he is deserving of more than he has.
He feels emboldened and powerful simply by the new music he is making, as featured on his latest album ‘Loney Dear‘ and singles ‘Habibi (A clear black line)’ and ‘Trifles’.
“I’m moving into a bolder state, I’m confident, powerful, I became a singer, I learned my darkness and discovered my magnetism”