|Made In A Shell|
|It May Well Die|
|STS238LP||Carmen Villain||Sleeper (LP, Album)||Smalltown Supersound||STS238LP||Norway||2013|
|STS238CD||Carmen Villain||Sleeper (CD, Album)||Smalltown Supersound||STS238CD||Norway||2013|
|STS238CD||Carmen Villain||Sleeper (CD, Album, Promo, Car)||Smalltown Supersound||STS238CD||Norway||2013|
|STS238LP||Carmen Villain||Sleeper (LP, Album + CD, Album + CDr, Mixed, Promo)||Smalltown Supersound||STS238LP||Norway||2013|
Sleeper (CD, Album). Smalltown Supersound. Sleeper (LP, Album + CD, Album + CDr, Mixed, Promo).
Carmen Villain is half-Norwegian and half-Mexican, born in the USA and now living in Oslo, Norway, having moved back after living in London for a few years. She has a lot of stories to tell. Writing, recording and producing alone, Carmen’s intensely personal songs are entirely self-created in her makeshift studio, made up of tapestries of guitar, piano, programmed drums and synths, making the most she could out of her limited gear
Throughout the rest of Sleeper, Villain delivers what could be called fever dream-pop: these songs take surreal twists and turns as their characters try to escape deep-seated fears, only to run straight into them. Whether it's the sweetly narcotic "Two Towns" or "Made a Shell"'s psych rock, the contrast between Villain's aloof vocals and the wild sonics around her is fascinating, evoking Tender Buttons-era Broadcast or the harrowing beauty of Charlotte Gainsbourg's IRM.
Carmen Villain is the stage moniker chosen by Carmen Hillestad, selected with the intention to distance herself from her background as a fashion model. I guess for those people who may be skeptical about a ned-musician (or anyone who may have heard albums by Milla Jovovich or Naomi Campbell). But it should take no more than 3 songs into Sleeper - an undeniably seductive and intoxicating debut - for any such suspicions to be washed away in a wave of reverb and dreamy melody. Lifeissin", one of the album's highlights, even recalls the bewitching, sing-song delivery of Exile-era Liz Phair. In short, Carmen Villain's Sleeper is a stunner and we can all be thankful she quit her day job. -Dan Wilcox.
Former Model Carmen Villain Makes Her Musical Debut with 'Sleeper'. Photo: Kristine Jakobsen. It evolved slightly from something that was kind of secretive to actually having it as an album now," she noted. The sound on Sleeper is dark, with Villain sometimes channeling the husky soul of Cat Power or Lana Del Rey while keeping it fresh. Villain says she prefers to listen to hip-hop and "weirdo music"-which she considers to be Sun City Girls and This Heat. In small ways, these artists influenced her, as Sleeper is a smart mix of straightforward guitar and melancholy crooning, backed with a bit of psychedelia
This is the second 12 inch from that album (the first featured single Lifeissin as well as a Prins Thomas remix), and it is really a smorgasbord for fans of electronic music with long, psychedelic and epic remixes from Optimo, Peaking Lights as well as Norwegian disco legend Bjorn Torske.