Danish producer and singer Dinner aka Anders Rhedin leads a nomadic existence, dividing his time between Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Berlin. So far, Dinner has 3 EPs and a guided hypnosis tape under his belt. On April 1, he will release his debut album, ‘Psychic Lovers,’ via Captured Tracks.
Last week, Dinner unveiled the first taste of the release, the synth-laden dance track Turn Me On. This week, he shares the tripped out lo-fi video for the single, which you can check out via YouTube below.
“Dinner’s music is about parties. And women. Late nights and early mornings in strange cities. But mainly it’s about magic and the communion with spirits,” Dinner says. “It’s like sexual Christian rock, really. But without all the Christianity.”
Recorded in Copenhagen and LA, Dinner finished a version of ‘Psychic Lovers’ after 4 months of intense work but decided to scrap everything and start over. “One morning in LA, as I was meditating in the garden, I saw this mental image of saturated, distorted light. Inside this texture was this emotional longing. And, I instantly knew that I had to start over. I had to put this mental image into sound. That this new music would be different from my previous music, somehow.” The reworking of the album took an additional 5 months.
Musically, the album exists in its own space between the 80’s, 90’s and the present. The songs are pop songs held together by somewhat idiosyncratic arrangements. Opener Cool As Ice sounds like the soundtrack to David Lynch directing Miami Vice with overdriven synthetic strings and an equally eerie and funky slap bass that slowly grow into a pop structure. Turn Me On invokes the feeling of Sade recorded on VHS fronted by Klaus Nomi’s baryton-possessed ghost, or a warped jingle from The Home Shopping Network. The song Lie has distinct Nico-esque undertones and John Cale-ish overtones wrapped in 80’s melancholy, while Wake Up and The World explore inverted 90’s Euro-pop. In the words of mix-engineer Filip Nicolic (Poolside), “The whole album sounds like Chimo Bayo produced by Marquis de Sade.” An even more concise definition of Dinner comes from label-mate Mac Demarco: “Great face, great body, great tunes.”
1. Cool As Ice
2. The World
3. Turn Me On
5. What You Got
6. Wake Up
7. Holy Fuck!
10. Kali, Take Me Home
11. Say My Name (Bonus)
You can also check him out at a couple gigs in the US.
February 20 Los Angeles, CA – Resident *
March 15-20 Austin, TX – SXSW
* = w/ Charlie Hilton (of BLOUSE)