Release Date: Apr 1, 2016
Record label: Captured Tracks
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Synth Pop
Dinner's Anders Rhedin tried a number of sounds on for size on his early EPs, but on Psychic Lovers, a signature style emerges. Recorded in Copenhagen and L.A., Rhedin's debut album polishes away some of the lo-fi quirks of his early work. Instead, the 2014 single "Going Out" feels like the template for songs like "Turn Me On," which is full of slapped bass, whispered backing vocals, and tumbling, gated drums that would make Phil Collins proud.
If you're just now sitting down for your first serving of Dinner, welcome—you're in for a strange ride. The intrepid Dane's off-kilter approach to music picks and pulls from across the pop music spectrum (but especially 1980s pop) to mold some of the most magical, sexed-up, and unabashedly weird music you'll come across. Once you develop a taste, you'll never give it up.
A former member of Danish chamber-pop group Choir of Young Believers, singer/songwriter and producer Anders Rhedin splits his time between Copenhagen, Berlin, and Los Angeles—in the last of these locales, he found work as a professional songwriter for the likes of Kid Cudi and Josh Groban, though he has compared his commercial pop songwriting effort to "black magic. " From 2012 to 2014, Rhedin released a handful of cassette- and vinyl-only EPs under the Dinner moniker, leading the generally fantastic indie-rock label Captured Tracks to sign him in 2014 and issue a compilation, Three EPs: 2012-2014. A tour with labelmate Mac DeMarco followed.
What’s for Dinner? That’s a good question when it comes to the Danish singer and professional knob-turner (a.k.a. producer) Anders Rhedin. He serves up some slick beats, sings like a giraffe with indigestion, and is totally 100% weird in every way possible. Music has evolved to the point where someone like Joe Newman from the band Alt-J can not only get a record contract and go on tour but can attract legions of fans and win a Mercury Prize, even though he sings like Kermit the Frog.