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Trigger Warning: Content in this interview touches on sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help and feel you would like to speak to someone for support, please use the following links: Australian support services can be found HERE, U.S. readers please click HERE & U.K. readers HERE.

Rachel Ohnsman is a lady who loves music, sculpting, dogs, skincare, and currently, Stardew Valley. “I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, moved to Miami, Florida for school, and just graduated with my master’s degree in Film Scoring and Music Production,” she tells Eat This Music at the top of our chat about her newest single, ‘Aphrodisiac’. “Currently, I’m staying with my parents while I hide from corona.”

“I could be better, I could be worse,” Rachel expresses on how she is doing at the moment. When the virus hit the United States, Rachel was actually on a solo trip in Europe, and came home a day after she got there. “Since then, it’s been a wild ride of finishing my degree online,” she continues, “heading back to Miami, moving out of my place in Miami, road tripping up the coast with my boyfriend, living with his family, and now living with my parents again.” In general, Rachel is trying not to lose her mind, keep her mental health in check, and do what she can each day to keep moving forward.

Rachel Ohnsman’s ‘Aphrodisiac’ is about attraction under the influence. “It’s a pretty sexy song,” she reveals, “but there’s clearly something off about the dynamic between the two people involved.”

“I wrote “Aphrodisiac” a while back,” Rachel tells Eat This Music, [and] “brought it to my friend John Small (aka Sohn Jamal) to produce it.” Rachel and John worked together on the track, and John brought some amazing ideas to the table. “The first session was pretty relaxed,” Rachel explains, “just playing with different sounds – he plays guitar, so he added that, I was having a lot of fun with loops and vocal effects, and we made some great synth sounds.” In all, the song saw a huge transformation. From there, Rachel and John continued to touch it up, and voilà; here we are with the final product.

Rache’s life plays into every song she has written for her artist project, and this song is no exception! “At the time I wrote it, I was in a relationship that was really wonderful with the exception of my partner’s alcohol dependency,” Rachel emphasises on the relevance of her life. At that time, Rachel was pretty determined to make him want her more than the bottle and so the song was born.

“The song holds different meaning within the context of the album, though. More on that in a moment…” — Rachel Ohnsman on her new single.

“I recently wrapped up a successful kickstarter for the album that “Aphrodisiac” lives in, called “Moon Songs,” and another called “Nuclear Family.” Rachel tells Eat This Music. In fact, she explains that the Kickstarter was a really fun project, called the “Battle of the Concept Albums,” in which the backers chose which album was released first based on their contributions. In the end “Moon Songs” won, and Aphrodisiac is the first song on the album, plus it’s a really fun vibe, so Rachel wanted to put that out first. “The album is getting its final touches and will see the world soon!” she continues.

‘Moon Songs’ is a concept album with electronic soundscapes and alt-pop vibes. “Each song stands on its own,” Rachel reveals about the album, “but flows into the next really well.” Rachel hopes that listeners will enjoy riding the wave of emotions with her.

Trigger Warning: Content in this interview touches on sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help and feel you would like to speak to someone for support, please use the following links: Australian support services can be found HERE, U.S. readers please click HERE & U.K. readers HERE.

“”Moon Songs” is about recovery from sexual assault,” Rachel reveals. “It’s a tough topic to write about, and drawing from my personal experience has been really challenging.” Building up the courage to make a project about this has taken some time for Rachel. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to include “Aphrodisiac” in the album in general,” she continues, “because that song is NOT about assault, and I was worried that it would confuse the message.” However, in Rachel’s experience, most cases of assault are anything but “black and white.” “So often, the only cases people take seriously are those with a clear villain and a sweet victim,” she emphasises. “It’s important to remember that the grey area is hard to navigate, but it’s still traumatic and very real. The following songs are about the incident and the difficult path of recovery afterward.”

After her record ‘Moon Songs’, Rachel is working on her second album from the kickstarter, ‘Nuclear Family!’ “It’s another concept album that blends orchestral and singer-songwriter styles,” she explains, “and is all about family dynamics and healing. Clearly, I like to write about light subjects…”

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