Loney dear releases an alternate take on ‘A House and a Fire.’

Loney dear — Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen — today releases a new single, ‘A House and a Fire (Other Version)’. It’s an alternate approach to the track that features on his latest album ‘A Lantern and a Bell.’

An important song on A Lantern and a Bell, ‘A House and a Fire’ was one of the first collaborations between Svanängen and producer Emanuel Lundgren and their work together on this particular song was instrumental in formulating the overall sound and direction of the album.

This ‘Other Version’ is actually a proto-version of the song that pre-dates the piano-led sound that defines the finished record. It has a lighter, more pop approach, but still retains Svanängen’s own inimitable, off-kilter styling, “It’s a pretty upbeat and happy song,” he stresses.


We thought ‘It doesn’t belong on the album like this', so Emanuel said ‘let's not use that song that could be a hit, let's use this version instead!’ I was so impressed with him being so stubborn about that, but he was right, it was important for the album to find another way to approach it, but we always liked this version and I’m happy to see it released. Emil Svanängen

In fact, exploring alternate ways to realise the material from the album holds a fascination for Svanängen, I love playing my songs in different ways on different days. I love highlighting the fact that this is a decent song which can actually be played in all these different ways and it’s still a nice song. I think just releasing alternative versions is probably the way of the future. I mean, I love the tradition of albums and songs, I think it’s fantastic, but I can totally see the fact that it’s not going to be forever.”


Tour Dates

29.10 LULEA Kulturens hus
30.10 PITEA Studio Acusticum
01.11 COPENHAGEN Store Vega (with Ane Brun)
02.11 HAMBURG Fabrik (with Ane Brun)
03.11 THE HAGUE Paard (with Ane Brun)
05.11 BRUSSELS Orangerie (with Ane Brun)
06.11 PARIS Alhambra (with Ane Brun)
07.11 AMSTERDAM Melkweg (with Ane Brun)
10.11 STOCKHOLM Kulturhuset
12.11 BERLIN Metropol (with Ane Brun)
26.11 JONKOPINGS Teater


Featured Release

  • A Lantern and a Bell

    Loney dear

    Released 26 March 2021

    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 soundscape, with Emil Svanängen's unmistakable falsetto at the very front of the mix, is extremely stripped down. A compliant piano, a discreet double bass, occasional chords, and diffused water sounds, at dark low frequencies, pulsating from unknown depths.

By Online Editor

Main image: Loney dear performing in Sweden, 2020. Photo credit: Nadja Sjostrom.

Published on Fri, 29 October 21

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