Free Music Humpday! Loney Dear - "What Have I Become?"

Above all, Hall Music - Emil Svanangen's sixth full-length under the Loney Dear moniker -- is a study in merging contrasts, an album of impossible pairings brought to life at the hands of a skillful songwriter further mastering his craft.

The pacing is simultaneously fast and slow, with gently weaving harmonic structures propelled forward by quickly moving notes. On "My heart," the frenetic synthesized scaffolding belies the relaxed, scuzzy bass vibrating underneath, while "Largo" matches the musical definition of its name more in its unhurried aura than in its actual BPM.

MP3: "What Have I Become?" -
VIDEO: "Young Hearts" (solo piano version) -

The instrumentation is orchestral and synthesized; organic and invented. A church bell paired effortlessly with horns and an analog keyboard. Apocalyptically pulsing bass ("Durmoll") and an angelic vibraphone solo ("Calm Down").

At its heart, however, Hall Music is a short album with a tall vision.

Though it occupies your ears for just over a half-hour, it is an all-consuming sonic affair. It is intimate music that effortlessly fills vast, empty spaces -- in your head, in your room, in your life -- with a grip so delicate yet unyielding that you can't (and don't want to) escape it.

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