In anticipation of releasing her sophomore full-length album,Infinite Avenue,due outSeptember 8thonSmalltown Supersound,Carmen Villainshares new single, “Borders.” The track features taboo-busting fellow Norwegian artistJenny 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 to2013’sSleeper, most of them were mixed with experimental house producerMatt Karmiland “Quietly” was treated by noise improviserHelge Sten (aka Deathprod).
On the album cover is a photo ofGena 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 onInfinite Avenue.
Carmen Villain Tour Dates: Sat. Sept. 23 – Kunstnernes Hus @ Oslo, NO Fri. Sept. 29 – Vill Vill Vest @ Bergen, NO