(Forgive the XTC reference.)
The current focus of my audiophilistic obsessions is the weepy, mournful, and almost cute vocals of Loney, Dear. His newest release, Dear John, is nothing short of exceptional. His new richer, more layered and lush compositions make his former releases seem simplistically precious by comparison; which is no small feat.
But don't take my word for it. Here's the opening track:
And here are some tracks from his 2007 release Loney, Noir (courtesy Loney, Dear's own website):
I Am John
The City, The Airport
He's on tour right now with Andrew Bird and, regrettably, I don't live in a sufficiently cosmopolitan city to deserve a hometown visit, but I have aggravated everyone I know to be more fortunate than I to go see him.
Enjoy, and if you are able, go see him live!