Loney, Dear is the pseudonym of Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen. He has self-released four albums of music in his native Sweden. His first major release came in February, 2007 in the U.S. when Sub Pop re-issued his album Loney, Noir.
Emil Svanängen self-released his first album, The Year of River Fontana, in 2003. Recorded in the basement of his parents‘ home in Jönköping with a minidisk microphone and a home computer, released on home-made CD-Rs, and sold only through his website and at live performances. The album became popular solely on word-of-mouth. The next two years saw Svanängen record and release three more albums.
In 2006 Loney, Dear was signed by U.S. record label Sub Pop. Sub Pop released Loney, Dear’s fourth album, Loney, Noir, on February 6, 2007.
In 2009, Loney, Dear joined Andrew Bird as he toured to support Bird’s January release of Noble Beast. Loney, Dear did a Ukulele Session for the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, recorded in New York.