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Carmen Villain

The project of half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer/songwriter Carmen Hillestad, Carmen Villain makes ethereal yet challenging music that boasts an eclectic array of influences ranging from Sun City Girls and Sonic Youth to Broadcast and This Heat. Also a model who has graced the cover of Vogue, among other assignments, Hillestad penned the lyrics to her songs in years' worth of notebooks, inspired by writers such as Charles Bukowski and Mikhail Bulgakov. Meanwhile, she had also been playing with loops, vocals, and drum programming. Enlisting the help of Serena Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen and Prins Thomas as co-producers, Hillestad recorded Carmen Villain's debut album at studios including Oslo's CSX Dungeon, playing guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and drum machines during the sessions. The results, Sleeper, arrived in early 2013 on Smalltown Supersound. The label also released 2017's introspective Planetarium, an EP of songs blending field recordings with acoustic and electronic instruments that included remixes by Gigi Masin. Later that year, Villain released her second full-length Infinite Avenue, which featured contributions from Jenny Hval, experimental house producer Matt Karmil, and Deathprod's Helge Sten. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Light, See
  3.   Demon Lover
  4.   How Much
  5.   Kingwoman
  6.   Connected
  7.   Dreamo
  8.   Borders by Jenny Hval
  9.   Lifeissin
  10.   The Moon Will Always Be There
  11.   She's Gone to California
  12.   Quietly
  13.   Simple Things
  14.   Infinite Avenue
  15.   Planetarium
  16.   Obedience
  17.   Safe
  18.   Red Desert
  19.   Easy
  20.   Borders
  21.   Made a Shell
  22.   Two Towns
  23.   Slowaway
  24.   Water
  25.   It May Well Die

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