The new album by Loney dear is released today. A Lantern and a Bell is the second Loney dear album to be released on Real World Records and Peter has been closely involved in the making of the record.
Sad soulful melodies that create space in your head that fill with memories dreams and tenderness. I am very proud that we are working with such a gifted songwriter. When you’re isolating, what better than to be wrapped up in these beautiful imaginative constructions – the work of a master – Peter Gabriel
“It has taken me a while to dare to surrender,” says Emil Svanängen. “My previous albums have been ‘collage records’, made in the belief that perfectionism exists. Here I wanted to go in exactly the opposite direction and simplify.”
Sea birds, distorted noise, and then the line “Mighty ships hung over ground” – the marine theme not only begins but makes its mark throughout the entirety of A Lantern and a Bell.
The nine compositions are seemingly simple and accessible with Svanängen’s unmistakable falsetto front and centre in the mix and his plaintive piano playing complimented by beautifully-subtle and imaginative electronic soundscapes. It’s an album layered in emotion and meaning. “It’s not really about ships and water, of course,” says producer Emanuel Lundgren. “Emanuel always talks about this being a break-up album,” concurs Emil, “but it’s an album that got postponed so it’s no longer a break-up album, it’s a renewal album.”
“Trifles… the perfect song for newcomers to discover Loney Dear’s magic.” Sunday Times Culture
“The simple romanticism of A Lantern And A Bell’s minor-key piano chords showcase Svanangen’s enviable melodic gifts.” UNCUT
“Simple arrangements – just his warm falsetto and piano, with water sounds and seabirds passing overhead – foster a reflective, bonfire-on-the-beach spirit.” MOJO
“A Lantern And A Bell is a marvellous album. Nine songs, beautifully constructed, expertly performed and written from the heart, with the messages delivered by the voice of an angel.” Louder Than War
“Emil Svanängen re-emerges from a ‘state of despair’ with a supple re-assertion of strength in minimalism… a welcome return from an artisan of elegant understatement.” Record Collector