Loney Dear, Asobi Seksu, Anna Ternheim | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Loney Dear, Asobi Seksu, Anna Ternheim 

When: Sat., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $15
Swedish singer Anna Ternheim has an exquisitely clear voice that shapes her elegant melodies with precision and grace, but in the past her pretty, breathy pop songs have sometimes sounded a bit soggy and lifeless. For her excellent new album, Leaving on a Mayday (Verve Forecast), she tapped producer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) to give them a solid backbone and some lean muscle. Though the grooves are still unobtrusive—just carefully mapped tom beats and a percussive bass pattern on “Damaged Ones,” for instance—they’re sharper now, and the arrangements are downright ingenious. Yttling reinforces the album’s various strains of melancholy romanticism, daubing “My Heart Still Beats for You” with string chords and ornamenting “Summer Rain” with harmony vocals and the strumming of a lone acoustic guitar. Loney Dear headlines; Asobi Seksu and Ternheim open. —Peter Margasak



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