Anyone who was still out and about before staying at home became the obligatory thing may possibly have caught Rebecka Reinhard supporting Dogeyed at The Crofters Rights. What those present heard that night was a spectrum of sounds, from sweetness to shred. Bristol’s Breakfast Records have a tried and trusted ear for what’s what, hence Reinhard’s presence on their esteemed label. We asked what lockdown meant for her, as well as posing the all-important ‘In Short’ questions:

“So before corona hit, I was busy planning my next release, a bunch of songs I’ve recorded and produced in London and in the Swedish countryside, which was an even more isolated and lonely experience than what I’m having right now, as it was just me in a little house surrounded by fields, cows and trees. I’ve been playing most of the songs live for quite a while with my band, so it’s gonna be nice to finally have them out in the world.

“My current releases only feature me and the odd drum machine and melodica, which doesn’t really represent the mix of jangly slacker rock, doomsy dream pop and freak-folk that make up the live shows. Luckily, I managed to finish mixing the first couple of singles, do a little weekend tour with Bristol’s finest, Dogeyed, and fly back home to Stockholm before the whole lockdown situation came about.

“I’ve been based in my hometown Stockholm for a couple of years and Sweden seems to be the most lax when it comes to legal restrictions regarding corona right now. So I can’t really complain about my current situation; I’m doing social distancing, but I can hang out by the forest every day. I’m cooking, baking, planting stuff, making loads of playlists, writing songs for the next album and this week, I’m shooting a music video for the first single which, coincidentally, is about feeling unable to connect to the people around you, surrendering to inevitable solitude etc. Quite suitable to the current state of things.

“I also made a quarantine bucket list for myself. So far I’ve crossed out 2/11 things. I think the next one to tackle is writing a song on this wooden Senegalese xylophone I just got from a friend. For 2020, I hope to do more than just online streaming gig, but who knows at this point? The new songs are coming out either way, that’s for sure. And although I’m devastated over what all this means for people in the music industry as a whole, there’s also a small part of me that’s curious as to what new underground scenes, platforms, formats etc might come out of it. We’ve all been underpaid since forever but we’ll never stop making music.”

Listen to ‘Lydia’ here:

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Three words to describe my music…

Queer dreamgaze

Last photo on my phone…

A bouquet of blossoming blueberry branches I picked from the forest

Favourite Instagram account…

@best_of_grindr

The best venue I’ve played…

A packed carriage on a moving steam train at Indietracks festival, it was a little shaky but romantic af

Earliest song I remember…

‘Always Be My Baby’ by Mariah Carey. Still a banger.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

American Apparel in Paris – me and the stock manager were mortal enemies and everyone was on a diet.

Favourite food on tour…

Anything green

Favourite word…

Acquiesce

Things that cheer me up…

Queers, gifts and flowers

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

In one of the massive greenhouses in Kew Gardens, surrounded by herby scents and orchids

I think you should listen to…

Owen Pallett

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

The Gun Club, if they were still around.

Listen to more Rebecka Reinhard on SoundCloud here and Bandcamp here.

You can get your hands on her most recent release, Valentine Road, via Breakfast Records here.

Featured Image by Eva Pentel.