Carmen Villain’s “Planetarium”EPis out today viaSmalltown Supersoundand now available to stream and download in full. Her sophomore full-length album is due out later this year; stay tuned for more details.
In the span of the last few solitudinous years, the US-born, half-Norwegian and half-Mexican has honed and nurtured her songwriting and production craft, while still drawing from the gossamer atmospheres of her debut albumSleeper. She weaved the hyper-personal songs in peaceful seclusion, creating starry tapestries of field recordings, piano, guitars, programmed drums and synths.
The EP’s title-track, “Planetarium,” serves as the first glimpse into Carmen Villain’s upcoming album, due out later this year. Melancholic piano and long wisps of reverb create a cocoon of warmth in the otherwise cold and desolate outer space in which “Planetarium” voyages. Lyrically, “Planetarium” captures her typical contrast between rapture and irony, closing with a murmured coda recorded as she fell asleep one night.
Carmen Villain’s Planetarium EP is out today on Smalltown Supersound in 12” and digital formats. The EP also contains the instrumental track, “Safe,” as well as two remixes by the Italian ambient veteranGigi Masinthat seamlessly fuse Villain’s sound with his trademark avant-balearics.
Masinsaid of the collaboration:“I’ve done some remixes in the past, none made me as happy and honored as this one. Carmen’s voice and the tracks I listened to were absolute beauty and the first thing in my mind was ‘..too beautiful, I could only damage this jewel.’ Then I listened to the track several times, like a mantra.. It’s a wonderfull track, her voice is really one of the best gift I had in music.”