Rebecka Reinhard is “some sad ass, Swedish nerd with a love for excessive guitar overdubs and awkward song structures” out of London, England, who creates some great alternative rock tunes, like her newest record ‘Whale‘, a six track EP – but we will get to that a little bit later on!
“I’m a fairly grounded and sensible person outwards,” Rebecka tells Eat This Music, “but I have a very melodramatic inner diva who feels misunderstood and alone.” If Rebecka didn’t let “herself” come out from time to time, she would probably find other ways to make herself even more of an insufferable person.
Comparatively Rebecka is doing ok at the moment in her life. “Having sat this one out in Sweden has probably helped a lot,” she expresses to Eat This Music about her current living situation. “It’s only a fifteen minute walk to the beach from my flat so I’ve been in the water a lot.” Pre-covid Rebecka used to do a lot of stuff, travel around all the time, in fact, her friends constantly told her to “stop doing things, Bex”. “So this slowing down and staying put feels strange but pretty good.”
Rebecka Reinhard’s new EP, ‘Whale’, is all about being stuck in different places, and trying to move forward despite an overwhelming feeling of not getting anywhere. “It sounds a lot more grim than the EP might suggest when you first hear it,” Rebecka asserts Eat This Music. “But it’s not all dark and cynical.”
“The various states of emotional paralyse that my songs stem from are also places where I get to observe the world from a comical angle.” Rebecka Reinhard on her new EP.
“I can see myself and my pitiful situation as if detached from my body. And I use it as a tool to come to terms with things – they are what they are, you know, and there’s always something funny about the most dramatic and emotional situations.”
Writing songs is always just Rebecka in her bedroom with her guitar and then she brings them to her band to arrange them on the spot. “Sometimes I know exactly what I want everyone to do,” she tells Eat This Music, “other times I give extremely abstract instructions (like “imagine you’re a tiny, tiny wooden boat floating down a stream”) that turn out to be a very specific vision in my head so I won’t stop until we reach it.” That is probably the reason why Rebecka’s band refers to her as “Kubrick”.
Anyway, “the production and recording of the EP can be summed up like this: 70% me isolated in a big house in the Swedish country side with a makeshift song booth made of strung up seat cushions, 20% working in a studio in Camden with my co-producer Anders and 10% recording drums, bass and additional guitars in various studios in London and Stockholm.” In fact, a lot of crying and obsessing and jumping up and down in the process to get things done.
A fair bit of Rebecka’s own life played in the creation of the EP. “I think all art has to be personal to be good,” she explains to Eat This Music. “Not saying it needs to be self-absorbed or that you can’t talk about things outside yourself,” but Rebecka does think the starting point should be your own perspective, where you are in the world and how that makes you relate to things.
“I didn’t write these songs with the intention of making an EP,” Rebecka reveals to Eat This Music. In fact, Rebecka think “it’s really important to separate the creative process from any ideas of a finished product.” Rebecka continues, “The songs have to come first and get to be whatever they need to be.”
“[And] why release it now, well why not? It sucks that I can’t get out and play it live but we still need new music to keep from thinking the world is at a standstill, no?” — Rebecka Reinhard on the release of her EP.
“No Release and Poison”, Rebecka states to Eat This Music on which songs she would recommend off the EP. Rebecka is having a very dark and doomsy morning over where she is at the time of this interview and these two songs are the most intense and dramatic ones she she has produce. “Maybe finish with Stamford Hill for some illusory cheer (also super depressing really),” Rebecka continues.
“It’s the kind of thing where I hope people can relate to the songs but at the same time I don’t because they’re not very happy and hopeful, are they?” Rebecka expresses to Eat This Music on what she hopes listeners take away from her EP. Still, Rebecka hopes that if it makes anyone feel understood and less alone then she guesses her EP has served a purpose.
Coming up next Rebecka is writing and recording and producing a bunch of songs that she doesn’t know when or how they will emerge. “But I’m very excited about them at the moment and I’m clinging on to that feeling as I know it’s a fleeting one,” Rebecka concludes.