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Loney Dear signs to Polyvinyl, preps new album for Jan. ’09, playing two shows in New York

By November 10, 2008No Comments

Loney Dear

STREAM: Lonely Dear – “Airport Surroundings”

The Polyvinyl Record Co. is pleased to announce the signing of Sweden’s Loney Dear, who will release its new album, Dear John, on the label on Jan. 27, 2009. “We are so excited to be working with Loney Dear. Loney, Noir has been an office favorite since it came out so we jumped at the chance to work with such a great band.” – Seth Hubbard, Polyvinyl Label Manager

Hailing from the small city of Jonkoping, Sweden, Loney Dear’s primary member Emil Svanängen first began making homemade recordings of delicate, folkish indie pop in the early 2000s. As Loney, Dear (the band has since deleted the comma from its name), Svanängen self-released three homemade CD-Rs through his website: River Fontana Redux, Citadel Band, and Sologne. As buzz developed through MP3 blogs and other new media manifestations, Sub Pop offered Svanängen a contract in 2006. The first proper Loney Dear album, Loney, Noir, was released in early 2007. The band will be touring the US again in early 2009, and has a pair of New York shows in December where it will be showcasing songs from Dear John for the first time.
Svanängen describes Dear John as a “marvelous album in dark shades with a lava-like glow from underneath.”

Praise for Loney Dear:

“Despair has never sounded so sweet.”–SPIN

“Svanangen’s captivating ruminations sound as if he’s trying to capture the
purest essence of joy, albeit with a melancholy underbelly. It’s that
bittersweet warmth that makes Loney, Dear’s hushed, pastoral folk songs seep
into the heart.”–NPR

“He wraps the ups and downs of a whirlwind romance into tiny packages.
You’re left hungry, fully certain that 34 minutes– let alone five– will
never be enough of this very, very good thing.”–Pitchfork

“Through soft layers of acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies,
Svanangen creates a sustained and lasting representation of the classic
emotions of regret, peace, and loneliness.” –PopMatters

“Svanängen’s bright falsetto holds his miniature musical tapestries
together.” –Austin Chronicle


Dec. 10 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Dec. 12 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House

Loney Dear
Dear John
Street date: Jan. 27, 2009

1. Airport Surroundings
2. Everything Turns to You
3. I Was Only Going Out
4. Harsh Words
5. Under a Silent Sea
6. I Got Lost
7. Summers
8. Distant
9. Harm
10. Violent
11. Dear John



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