Swedish Loney, Dear is one of those one-man bands that I have somewhat mixed feelings about. On one hand we get a bunch of slow-moving bedroom numbers that belong to a brand of melancholy-draped folk-pop that besides lyrical angst and frustration is characterized by rustic, shuffling rhythms and lush, intricate melodies that if in the right mood can be quite inspirational but that also represent a sound that doesn?t strike me as very unique in year 2006.
But on the other hand we get the absolutely amazing, catchy lo-fi pop nugget, which is ?The City, the Airport.? Its bouncy, multi-layered experimental pop comes flavored with Emil Svan?ngen?s off-kilter vocals and is pretty much worth the price of admission alone. I believe that particular song will be available as a single soon so start there and proceed with a reasonable amount of caution. 6/10 -- Mats Gustafsson (29 June, 2006)