Monday, 1 August 2011

New music: Loney Dear ? What Have I Become?

Some wonderfully sad Swedish pop, made cheerful by twinkling percussion and a gorgeous melody

The glistening, slightly woozy-sounding What Have I Become? is the closing track on Swedish miserablist Loney Dear's sixth studio album, Hall Music. While Loney Dear is a mainly solo affair, being the pseudonym for multi-instrumentalist Emil Svan�ngen, What Have I Become? features lead vocals from long-term collaborator Malin St�hlberg, her soft, studied voice giving the lyric "and now I really don't care at all" an extra layer of shoulder-shrugging self-pity. While the lyrics aren't exactly upbeat, the music Svan�ngen builds behind them is a beautiful swell of twinkling percussion, soaring strings and burbling drums, adding a dash of light to the gloom.

? Hall Music is out on 17 October via Something in Construction © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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