Loney, Dear – Sologne (2006)

Sologne Loney, Dear
:4 Stars:

Scandinavians have more fun. They live longer and eat fish in the shit you really shouldn’t. No wonder they create more pop than a milk flood at the Rice Crispies factory. Sure, they have that strange pronunciation thing going on, but there is something addictive to a culture singing in a second language… shit there are some rappers who were born here and can’t even sing in English.

So in rolls in Loney, Dear a band with a name that has punctuation in the middle of it! I mean, a comma?! Now those are some Scandinavian balls.

The music on Sologne is quirky, but not because of the second language thing. It’s very intentional. It’s a dreamy soft landscape of layered vocals that seems to work, even if a bit clunkily. The feeling of the album is very like Adem’s Homesongs. Sure, there’s a bit of a vocab block with the lyrics where you’re not sure the singer is being simplistic or just out of words to use, but that is the charm. The album is a bit of a Scandinavian haiku where poetry is created in simple metaphor. The songs are dense and have a non-traditional feel to them, often containing little surprises in songs that add to the delight of the record.

Now I’m not sure this album will make it to my year’s top 10, but it’s definitely a nice little discovery that might make mix-tape to that girl at the flower shop a bit more magical… not that I am making a mix-tape for her, I’m just saying hypothetically… you know…

The City, The Airport


5 responses to “Loney, Dear – Sologne (2006)”

  1. Ben,
    You have an 'x' before your 'href' in the link to the mp3. Just thought I'd let you know. Keep up the good work. Loving the podcast!

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  3. Ben~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love your show. I hope things are okay with you. Evan Dando is at Southpaw May 5…I might go, not sure…but either way, thinking of you today, and Lauren says hi…

  4. i can't believe you mentioned adem's homesongs….. i saw them open at northsix for explosions in the sky, and they were hands down the most amazing opener i've seen in a year…music with such a personal, intimate sound………….

    thanks, ben


  5. hoho, you are stepping on scandinavian territory. That's my job ;-)

    Love your podcast.
    Keep up the good work