Om Loney Dear
Emil Svanängen begyndte i starten af 00’erne at kreere musik hjemme hos sig selv og tøvede ikke med at udgive sine værker på selvfinansieret vis – således nåede han på egen hånd at udgive fire album i perioden 2003-2006, før Sub Pop i 2007 fik øjnene op for ham og genudgav “Loney Noir” (der oprindeligt udkom i 2005). Albummene “Dear John” (2009) og “Hall Music” (2011) fulgte, og det samme gjorde stærkt begejstrede anmeldelser fra medier som The Guardian, BBC, Drowned In Sound, Pitchfork og Line Of Best Fit, der så sent som sidste år udråbte Svanängen til at være et “brillant geni”. Netop forud for sidste års udgivelse befandt han sig ved en skillevej rent karrieremæssigt, hvor det var nødvendigt for ham at lære at nyde den tilfældighed, der prægede hans med egne ord “lille og langsomme” karriere. Det lykkedes, og med ro i sindet og fornyet selvtillid skabte han et både stærkt og dristigt album, “Loney Dear”, mandens syvende af slagsen, der traditionen tro fik stribevis af flotte anmeldelser.
Interview med Loney Dear
What can the audience expect from the show?
“One of the last shows of our best and most dynamic tour ever. This has been a true joy. So much music that really has fallen into place, and the audience/artist connection has been so good.”
What do you think of the other act this evening, 1921?
“I absolutely love them. Such good, gifted and friendly people. Discrete and gorgeous music. In the shadows.”
What merch do you bring?
“I’ve made a drawing of my own life. It’s my home on top of the bar in the Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks. I’ve tried to put as much from my inner life in the picture as I can. It’s made for a screen printed heavy paper poster, and we put it on shirts and tote bags also. People seem to love it. I’m happy to finally have made something that personal.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“I love the song Violent. Hulls is a favourite. Have really started to like to play Lilies. A new pretty fresh version of Little Jacket where I play the fender bass, and the Sum version is also nice.”
How have your most recent concerts been?
“Intense, classic concert. The audiences have been so good.”
How would you describe your backing band?
“We are a two piece band right now. A jazz band with some machines. Everything is live played and recorded. So not really a backing band but a band!”
Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“I like Brad Mehldau, Mariam the Believer. I’m also about to do an orchestral show with Svenska Kammarorkestern in Örebro, which is a pretty awesome band. Nico Muhly, Per Texas and Mattias Ståhl the reed player and the vibraphonist.”
How would you describe your latest, self-titled album?
“Haha. My most personal ever. No, the next one will be. This one is pretty cluttered and busy, but some of the best songs I’ve written. It’s a lot of things going on so next album will be quite different!”
What are your plans for the spring and the summer?
“I’m gonna start rehearsing again, and actually start planning and possibly start recording the new album. Which will probably be most planning, thinking, rehearsing and writing. This one is gonna be much more live played and with as little extra as possible. Very tomato salad.”
“An elegant, understated pop masterpiece.” (The Independent, 2017 – læs hele anmeldelsen)
“Most impressively of all, the sincerity which pulls Loney dear together in its most moving sections is never lost, even in its pop-leaning moments.” (Under The Radar, 2017 – læs hele anmeldelsen)