Loney Dear's 2007 album, Loney, Noir, was one of those slow growers in my music collection, an album that took me a while to love but eventually became one of my frequent listens. Even so, the Swedish band's songs seemed to fall into one of two categories for me: the ones I couldn't get enough of ("I Am John") and the ones that were pretty enough but kind of same-y (basically the second half of Loney, Noir).
So I'm glad that "Airport Surroundings," the first track I've heard off Loney Dear's upcoming album, falls into the former category. It has a more synth-y beat than I was expecting, and a somewhat gruffer sound. The lyrics seem fairly depressing, but the rhythm and especially the horn section that pops up in the second half of the song practically guarantee that this will make it onto my workout playlist. Loney Dear's new album Dear John will be out Jan. 27, and to hear "Airport Surroundings,"