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Model turned singer Carmen Villain (aka Carmen Hillestad) will be releasing her debut album Sleeper on March 12th via Smalltown Supersound. Listen to her new single “Lifeisin” below.
The tracklisting for Sleeper is below:
01. Two Towns
05. Made A Shell
06. How Much
07. Light, See
09. It May Well Die
12. Demon Lover
Prior to the album’s release, Smalltown Supersound will be releasing two 12 inch singles for “Lifeisin” with Prins Thomas and Optimo remixes, out January 22. Carmen’s remix of Neneh Cherry & the Thing’s “What Reason Could I Give,” featured on The Cherry Remixes was released last fall.
The Norwegian-American born, London based Villain previously worked as a model gracing magazine covers such as Vogue and Nylon. She has since switched her focus onto music, where she plays most of the instruments as well as vocals on the record, alongside Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh) who also plays drums and keyboards, and Prins Thomas, who sequenced the album as well as collaborated and co-produced one track.
Much of her songs are based on escaping an unsatisfying world, with focuses on sleeping, displacement, anxiety and lack of being present, but striving for more than what is present. Drawing musical inspiration from lo-fi rockers Sun City Girls, Sonic Youth, Royal Trux, Bikini Kill, Wu Tang Clan and The Stooges, she created emotion filled songs with darkness and somberness.