Monday, February 05, 2007

Loney, Dear.

Download: Loney, Dear--"I Am John"

I realize that it is still very early in 2007. We haven't even celebrated Washington's birthday, or thrown up in a cooler in Panama City for Spring Break 2k7 yet!! But, I feel confident in saying that Loney, Dear's album Loney, Noir is already one of my favorites of the year.

Loney, Dear is part of the new Swedish invasion, which includes bands like El Perro Del Mar, Peter, Bjorn and John, and ABBA. Emil Svanängen is the mastermind of the operation, and has played on the same bills as Sonic Youth, Devendra Banhart, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

The video below is for the song called 'I Am John', and it follows a circular melody, as Svan√§ngen’s acoustic guitar and vocals are mixed with keyboards, clarinets, bells, and backing vocals. It's a gorgeous song, that is contrasted by a video that can only be described as unexpected. You will know what that means when you see what is considered a hat at the end of the video.

If you like live shows, and you like Loney, Dear, check this out:

03.10.07 - Irving Plaza, New York City
03.11.07 - Avalon, Boston
03.12.07 - Union Pool, Brooklyn
03.16.07 - First Avenue, Minneapolis
03.17.07 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
03.18.07 - Schuba's, Chicago
03.19.07 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
03.20.07 - Southgate House, Newport
03.21.07 - Mercy Lounge, Nashville
03.22.07 - Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville
03.23.07 - Headliners, Columbia
03.25.07 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta
03.27.07 - Bottletree, Birmingham
03.29.07 - Abbey Road, Gainesville
03.30.07 - Studio A, Miami
03.31.07 - Club At Firestone, Orlando
04.01.07 - Freebird's, Jacksonville
04.02.07 - Moon, The, Tallahassee
04.09.07 - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia
04.10.07 - 930 Club, Washington
04.11.07 - Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights
04.12.07 - Magic Stick, Detroit

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