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CARMEN VILLAIN SHARES NEW SONG, “BORDERS,” FEATURING JENNY HVAL

In anticipation of releasing her sophomore full-length album, Infinite Avenue, due out September 8thon Smalltown Supersound, Carmen Villain shares new single, “Borders.” The track features taboo-busting fellow Norwegian artist Jenny Hval, who contributes lyrics and vocals.

I built the instrumental version from these vocal loops, and sent it through to Jenny, and she delivered this fever dream trip with knockout choruses. Her lyrics brought out memories of a real life nightmare of my own, so I added my own story of post 9/11 borders and the rage and fear I felt after witnessing so much racism.                
                                                                                                                         -Carmen Villlain
 
I was really fascinated by the slow, hypnotic nature of this loop that Carmen sent me. For some reason I started singing about moving really fast, a stream-of-consciousness fever drive in the desert. Maybe I felt like I couldn’t follow the music, that I had to create opposition. Maybe that’s what we always do.
                                                                                                                         -Jenny Hval

Writing, recording and producing alone, Carmen’s intensely personal songs are entirely self-created made up of tapestries of guitar, piano, programmed drums and synths, making the most she could out of her limited gear. Once she had arrived at more than enough tracks for a follow-up album to 2013’s Sleeper, most of them were mixed with experimental house producer Matt Karmil and “Quietly” was treated by noise improviser Helge Sten (aka Deathprod).
 
On the album cover is a photo of Gena Rowlands, used with her kind permission. She is a heroine of Carmen’s because of the way her face and body can so brilliantly express psychological states, nervousness, desperation, anxiety, joy without necessarily using words. All themes on Infinite Avenue.

Carmen Villain Tour Dates:
Sat. Sept. 23 – Kunstnernes Hus @ Oslo, NO
Fri. Sept. 29 – Vill Vill Vest @ Bergen, NO

Stream “Borders” (featuring Jenny Hval) –
https://soundcloud.com/carmenvillain/borders-feat-jenny-hval-2/s-YbkvF
 
Stream “Red Desert” –
https://soundcloud.com/carmenvillain/red-desert-1
 
Stream “Planetarium” 
https://soundcloud.com/carmenvillain/planetarium-5
 
Pre-order Carmen Villain’s Infinite Avenue –
http://smarturl.it/sts310-bcamp

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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