by Bill Pearis
Sweden's Loney, Dear has just left Sub Pop for Polyvinyl, who will release his new album, Dear John, on January 27 (track list below). Before that, they're playing a couple of NYC shows in December. As nice as it will be to have them back on these shores, I'm slightly more excited that opening for both shows will be fellow Swedes Melpo Mene who make some very lovely, understated folk-pop. breathy vocals, jazzy arrangements - it's lovely stuff. I liked his 2004 debut, Holes, quite a bit and have been waiting for him to follow it up ever since. BV Mike also did a nice feature on this very site back in February.
Melpo Mene's second album, Bring the Lions Out, just came out in Sweden on Imperial Recordings (home of Jose Gonzales) and you might have heard the album's first single, "I Adore You," in a Volvo ad. (Not my favorite song on the album but the appeal is obvious.) Hopefully these New York shows will bring some attention from U.S. labels though you can get both Melpo Mene albums Emusic. In addition to the two shows with Loney, Dear, Melpo Mene will also be playing a show at Rockwood Music Hall.
All dates, videos and ticket links below...
Melpo Mene - "I Adore You" on Swedish TV
Melpo Mene 2008 NYC dates
Dec 10 Mercury Lounge NEW YORK (w/ Loney, Dear & Boy Genius) (tix)
Dec 11 Rockwood Music Hall NEW YORK
Dec 12 Bell House BROOKLYN (w/ Loney, Dear, Takka Takka & Alina Simone) (tix)
Loney, Dear - 2008 Tour Dates
Dec. 10 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Dec. 12 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Loney Dear - Dear John (Polyvinyl)
Street date: Jan. 27, 2009
1. Airport Surroundings
2. Everything Turns to You
3. I Was Only Going Out
4. Harsh Words
5. Under a Silent Sea
6. I Got Lost
11. Dear John