Pop music this smooth and easy-going doesn’t come along too often. On Dear John, Emil Svanängen and his band are back with even more delicate, but intricate, pop bliss, mixing feathery electronics with inventive ballads.
While pop these days overuses psychedelia and extravagant synth effects to cope with tough times, Loney Dear puts a much-needed blanket around its quietly upbeat sound. Acoustic guitars, soft orchestration, and Emil Svanängen’s unequivocally catchy delivery melt together in the group’s most affecting album to date. Dear John succeeds from its slow end like the somber "I Got Lost" and the tip-toed waltz of "I Was Only Going Out" up through higher-energy shuffles like "Airport Surroundings" and "Summer" all while maintaining its charm.
It’s instantly endearing when Loney Dear mixes fireplace warmth with highly artistic melodies on Dear John. It’s nothing short of brilliant to make modern pop music that’s trustworthy, and that’s exactly what they’ve done.