Kyoto WindowAnders Rhedin
Anders Rhedin, the Danish producer and performer behind Dinner, has historically created dreamy, 80s-styled avant-pop albums made for “neon-drenched cities and the parties that inhabit their twilights” (DIY Magazine). Now, Dinner is taking a break from club shows, parties, and danceable beats for his first ambient release, Kyoto Window, out May 30 via Captured Tracks.
Kyoto Window is the first in this cassettes series of meditation music that will be released throughout 2019. The releases will span from ambient and meditation music to music for yoga and sleep. Rhedin states, “It is important to me for this music to have a warm, tape-saturated feel instead of sounding cold and digital. Because that’s closer to that feeling of calmness.”
While this is Dinner’s first traditional ambient release, he isn’t a stranger to the world of new age. Rhedin has released two self-hypnosis cassettes and has led guided meditations in Los Angeles, Malibu, Australia, and Europe. His lyrics have included plenty of references to Western esotericism and Eastern philosophy, and he has also made an honest effort to coach Mac Demarco in meditation, written an article about live concerts as a magic ritual for Talkhouse, and put the German newspaper Die Welt in a deep trance.
Rhedin on Kyoto Window:
It started when I noticed that many people in my life were suffering from stress and were having sleep problems. And I thought that I would like to take my experience as a meditator and translate that into music, so that maybe this music could help my friends, somehow. After many years of having a meditation practice I have managed to built up a certain reservoir of calmness inside me. And whenever I access that reservoir it makes me feel good. So I thought I’d like to try and translate that feeling into music, and share that with others. At this point I’m not a saint, or a healer, or particularly spiritually advanced but I’m progressing in my practice of mediation and dive deeper into the metaphysical exploration.