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Swedish Musician "Loney Dear"

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Emil Svanängen (Loney Dear). (Photo: loneydear.com)

Loney Dear's latest album "Hall Music" is textured by church organs, vibraphones and trombones.

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Swedish musician Emil Svanängen also likes to build things.

But instead of girders and triple-glazed glass, he uses notes and an assortment of musical instruments.

Svanängen is not a global superstar, but he has come a long way since his first album eight years ago.

He goes by the stage name "Loney Dear" and recorded his first album in the basement of his parent's home in Jönköping, Sweden.

His recording tools at the time were the now-obsolete minidisk recorder, a microphone and a computer.

He did not have a recording contract or even a band, but now he has an indie-music label and tours with a small group.

After his 2009 US tour, he returned to Sweden, having become fascinated with chamber orchestras.

The resulting musical aura, textured by church organs, vibraphones and trombones, makes up the sound on Loney Dear's latest album "Hall Music."

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