Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Pop Crossover CD of the Month - "Raindear: Skies To My Name"

Pop Crossover CD of the Month
Raindear: "Skies To My Name" (Vanguard Music Boulevard VMBCD133)
Rating: *****

Featuring: Rebecca Bergcrantz (lead vocals), Iris Bergcrantz (background vocals), Elias Ortiz, Olov Domeij (drums), Viktor Ejwertz (guitar), Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet), Hanna Ekström (strings)

Produced by Rebecca Bergcrantz, Charlie Russell and Nikolai Hemmingsson.
Cover Art: Linnea Leander.
Graphic Design: Alexandra Liljebladh.

The most astounding and impactful electronic pop album since Bjork's Debut. Wild rhythms & vocals, psychedelic moods, some jazzy keyboards textures, strings a la Deodato, lysergic grooves. If it doesn't takes you to an ecstatic trance you are not alive.

Rebecca Bergcrantz aka Raindear is a is a fairly new face that is quickly popping up all over the world. The Swedish artist and producer has, despite her short career, already been seen in massive international publications such as Billboard, Noisey, Mojo, The Fader, Blackbook, and Earmilk, just to name a few. She has also done various live performances at key places such as Club NME at Koko, NYC roof tops and VICE House Party in London.

Raindear has a keen sense of style mixing boho, rave, retro synths and worldly beats, which brings her to craft something very unique both musically and visually.

About her album "Embers," which was released in 2016, Bergcrantz says, “It’s about life, death and all the weirdness in-between.”

Raindear's debute EP "The Game" (2014) – was compared by music critics compared with artists like Björk and Portishead and it imediately climbed top and radio lists in Sweden, Norway, England, Irleand and Czechia.

Her music is best desribed as melodic and cinematique indie electro with influences from jazz and world music. RAINDEAR is veiled by ambience and euphoria tangled in each other, and her haunting vocals have something very characteristic that you don’t hear too often. These catchy tunes are so authentic that they hit you straight in your heart and get stuck there as only hits can, stubborn but oh so welcome.

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