Loney Dear
Dear John
Jan 27, 2009

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Loney Dear is the recording name for multi-instrumentalist and Swedish home-recording phenom Emil Svanängen.

Recorded alone in Emil’s tiny Stockholm studio apartment and in the comfort of his parents' house in Jönköping, Dear John is an album of contrasts. It will cozy up next to you through the bleakest of winters and be your shade in the blistering summer sun. It’s an album that has been on Emil’s mind since the inception of Loney Dear.

With his first four albums, Emil has always aspired to perfection; he has always promised a masterpiece. Dear John is that record.


  • 1
    Airport Surroundings (3:27)
  • 2
    Everything Turns to You (3:48)
  • 3
    I Was Only Going Out (3:38)
  • 4
    Harsh Words (3:15)
  • 5
    Under a Silent Sea (5:31)
  • 6
    I Got Lost (2:52)
  • 7
    Summers (4:07)
  • 8
    Distant Light (2:56)
  • 9
    Harm/Slow (4:28)
  • 10
    Violent (3:52)
  • 11
    Dear John (3:53)


Dear John is Svanangen's true masterpiece.

Under the Radar

Dear John shows that Svanangen has really gotten his act together; it makes good on all the tremulous, tender, wistful promise of his debut.

All Music Guide

Like M83's Anthony Gonzalez, singer-songwriter Emil Svanängen has an affinity for pretty fuzz and a knack for subtly soulful melodies.

SPIN Magazine


  • Airport Surroundings (3:04)
    Marcus Söderlund
  • I Was Only Going Out (3:38)
    Ron Eyal