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INTERVIEW: Raindear

Hi Rebecca, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great. It’s just so exciting to release an album!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’m The Ice”?

I’m The Ice is a dark song about that kind of depressing passivity you can have in a relationship. The thick glaciers are metaphorically put between your heartbeats and the outside world. It’s about how you slowly coming up to the surface to become free from what’s in the way.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yeah I’ve definitely felt that way several times. I usually don’t write about any specific events though, it’s more like a combination of a few. But my lyrics are always very honest and reflect what I focus my thoughts on at the moment.

The single comes off your new album Embers – what’s the story behind the title?

I chose to call it Embers cause it can be so many things. Embers stands for the moment between birth and death but I also thought it was a good title to sum up all these songs with as they’ve been glowing in the dark for a while. And it’s a beautiful word!

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote and recorded most of the album this January in Malmö. It was very intense, I was living in my own bubble and literally slept in the studio. I like to go all the way and live my life in “extremes”. If I relax I really relax, if I work I REALLY work!

What was it like to work with Ben Mark and how did that relationship develop?

I was in London and recorded a song with Charlie Russell and Bradley Spence and then they introduced me to Ben, as they’re all mates. They said we should try to write something together and so we did.

He’s a great person to work with, very talented and productive. The song pretty much wrote itself in a couple of hours.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Not a lot actually. Ben was only involved on “I’m The Ice”.

I hope to write more with him in the future. We’ve actually done another song together but it’s not out yet.

What role does Sweden plays in your music and this record in particular?

I don’t listen that much to Swedish pop but I love swedish folk music, we have really interesting melody constructions in our tradition. I think that gives my sound a very nordic vibe!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! The plan is to come to England in May and then hopefully some festivals in the summer!

What else is happening next in Raindear’s world?

I wanna make more music. I have some really interesting ideas in the works that I wanna get down. I’m also very open for cool collabs and hopefully I will get to travel the world, that’s the dream!

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