Swedish singer Raindear released her debut album ‘Embers’ on 22 April. Full of big and bold dance beats, Eastern style hooks, and catchy melodies and synth symphonies, the album is about life, death, and all the weirdness in between.
Raindear romanticises a certain melancholy and hopelessness, with her songs reminiscent of Bjork in their trippy etherealness.
Raindear, real name Rebecca Bergcrantz, wrote and produced most of the album in Malmo, Sweden. She addresses existential subjects such as destructive love, humanity’s failures, wars, cults, greed, and ‘living inside the box’.
While recording her album, Raindear brought her sleeping bag to the studio, setting up camp. She surrounded herself in a creative bubble, where she completely cut herself off from reality, eating crisps, refusing social interaction with the outside world, and living and breathing her album obsessively until it was completed.
Growing up in a musical home – both her parents are jazz musicians and a massive influence for her – Raindear sang and wrote songs from a very early age. Clearly she was destined to carve a career in music herself.
Her most recent track, ‘Feathers’, out today, is a strong, esoteric, Eastern-tinged song, filled with swirling synth sounds and soaring vocals.