“Cool As Ice” by Dinner

Dinner is Danish producer and singer Anders Rhedin. Dinner 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. This spring sees the release of his debut album Psychic Lovers, out April 1 via Captured Tracks. Last week Dinner shared the second single from the album, “Cool As Ice.”

“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 with out 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.

Whether the finished album lives up to Dinner’s vision only Dinner knows. 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. “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. “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.”

Tour Dates:

March 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Perhspace
March 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Panache HQ (A Guided Meditation)
March 18 – Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Hotel Vegas
March 20 – Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Beerland