Captured Tracks has signed Dinner, aka LA/Berlin-based Dane, Anders Rhedin. Since 2012, Dinner has released two EPs (Girl and You Are Like LA) and a guided meditation tape. On September 30th, in collaboration with Texas label Red Eye Transit, they will be releasing his latest effort Oui!, a four-track EP that serves as a powerful introduction to this idiosyncratic musician. Dinner’s songs seem to be inspired by his own life – in the lyrics you find references to cities, parties and girls (the latter sometimes referred to as “the divine feminine”). Dinner himself claims that “All the songs are about death and transcendence.”
According to Dinner’s friend Kim LAS, something like “An unruly dream immersed in sexual exhibitionism, un-dogmatic New Age, and perfectly measured idiocy mixed up with fumbling grandeur and awkward, arena-sized pop hooks.”It’s like a sun-bleached cassette tape you’d find stuck behind your car’s dashboard – that was last played at a party in Dusseldorf in 1984 – full of echoes of sweaty depressions, spiritual longings, and early-morning trances.
At times, Dinner sounds a bit like melodic EBM-meets-Europop with elements of Danish darkwave. And sometimes he sounds more like the male descendant of Nico singing Eno-esque pop songs on discarded Julian Cope tracks. Whomever you ask, you’ll find Dinner’s sound defies simple classification.
Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, having alternated between LA, Berlin and Copenhagen for years. This last year, Dinner’s itinerary has included falling in love with a baroness in Berlin, learning Qigong from a renowned Sifu on a mountainside in the Algarve, working on commercial pop songs in Hollywood (“The essence of dark magic,” according to Dinner), and playing shows at festivals and galleries all over Europe.