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Loney Dear announces headlining U.S. Spring tour

By March 3, 2009No Comments

Loney Dear

MP3: Loney Dear – “Airport Surroundings”

Following up a sold out U.S. tour opening for Andrew Bird, Sweden’s Loney Dear is thrilled to announce its own round of headlining U.S. tour dates which start May 4 in Philadelphia. The band will make several appearances at SXSW in Austin, then will spend the majority of April touring all over Europe before returning to the States in May. And of course, all this touring is in support of the band’s latest album, and first for Polyvinyl, Dear John.

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.

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


03/18 – 03/21 Austin, TX SXSW
05/04 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
05/05 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/06 Boston, MA Great Scott
05/07 Montreal, QC Il Motore
05/08 Toronto, ON Rivoli
05/09 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
05/10 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
05/13 Seattle, WA Crocodile
05/14 Portland, OR Doug Fir
05/15 San Francisco, CA Bottom of The Hill
05/16 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
05/17 San Diego, CA UC San Diego

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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