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Meet Loney Dear aka Emil Svanängen, One of Sweden's Most Promising Songwriters

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On Wednesday night Swedish songwriter Loney Dear (otherwise known as Emil Svanangen) will be playing with Andrew Bird at the Orpheum Theater. For six years Loney Dear has been writing, recording, and producing his own albums. He started in his house in Stockholm and slowly grew a steady following through word of mouth. The name Loney Dear refers to the word "lone" which is an ode to the long nights he spent on his own recording his albums.

By his fourth album, record labels began to take notice of Emil Svanangen and Sub Pop released Loney, Noir. His latest album, Dear John, released on Polyvinyl Records is his most adventurous to date. Emil was kind enough to talk to us on the phone yesterday about his lush, whimsical pop. Here is some of what was said.

When did you decide you wanted to be a musician?
Never. It just happened really. Well, maybe in 2005 when I realized there was a possible chance that I could do it for a living. It was more like a economic thing then a romantic thing. There was no moment when I thought, “I’m going to be an artist.” I just liked music.

After releasing four albums by yourself was it weird to release one on Sub Pop?
No it wasn’t. I always thought it was going to happen. What was weirder was that I knew someone was going to hear it. That was very strange.