Behold the rhythmic and lunatic sounds, and rather futuristic tendencies of Dinner. Our new favorite Danish dreamer thrusts us into his soaring synth-pop and loopy tracks that sonically emulate the ever-so-hectic Los Angeles City. Having just released a fresh new record on Captured Tracks entitled, New Work, singer and producer Anders Rhedin clearly draws inspiration from relocating to Los Angeles where he looked to channel the city’s late-night energy into the album’s pop-driven tracks like “Un-American Girl,” which seems to be about disillusionment and a fear of being stuck in a certain lifestyle. Regarded as his nom de plume, Dinner seemingly fuels Rhedin’s musical spontaneity, having taken him away from his usual perfectionist process of songwriting, and rather throwing himself into a more collaborative and fast-pasted recording process.
Rhedin is our midnight thought put to words, like a heightened intensity of tectonic skylines and boisterous horns being fired through the congested streets. New Work establishes a boundless feeling without having anywhere specific to go, which also mirrors the visuals for the track’s music video. Shot in a range of desert locales and recognizable Las Vegas landscapes, the video visually portrays the subtle softness and delicate dance of the song. We caught up with Dinner before his show tomorrow at Zebulon. He told us about his music pseudonym and his new album New Work.
First off, tell me a tad about how the name ‘Dinner’ came about?
I believe in word-magic. My band before Dinner was called “Problems”, and unsurprisingly it abruptly ended with a lot of…problems. So I thought to myself: “Dinner. Maybe that will put dinner on the table. Bring home the bacon. Bring home the roast.”
Where does your inspiration draw from- any particular decade who take from mostly?
I like every decade. Right now I’m into East 17 (from the 90s). I wanna look like them, but I don’t know how.
As a singer, as well as, a producer what assets do you have to bring to the table due to being on both sides of the spectrum?
In any process I bring wit, a rudimentary understanding of Buddhism, and rock hard abs to the table. Those are my key assets, I think.
Can you describe your sound and theme in your latest piece “New Work?”
As always, my songs are about death. Transformation. Transmutation. Alchemy of the soul, my friend.
What are you looking forward to the most for Wednesday’s show?
Seeing Jerry Paper play. Great guy, great show.
If you find yourself wandering the streets of Los Angeles on Wednesday night, don’t call your ex, rather get your bored, lonesome self to Dinner at Zebulon.