The work of half-Norwegian, half-Mexican artist Carmen Villain – aka Carmen Maria Hillestad – is one of introspection. Having released her debut album, Sleeper, in 2013 – a collection of personal tracks distanced by a disaffected and languorous production – she returns this year with Infinite Avenue.
Mining her love for 60s cinema, Villain took inspiration from Gena Rowlands – who appears on the album artwork – and John Cassavetes tumultuous relationship, on and off screen. On the surface this reference point manifests as hazy and bewitching soundscapes, however dig deeper and you’ll find lyrics exploring the intricate mix of emotions surrounding womanhood in the 21st century. Translating these visual markers into an imposing and emotive sound, Villain encourages the listener to piece together their own narrative.
With the record set for release on 8th September, here Villain talks us through the reference points behind her newest work.
Read the interview in Hero Magazine.
[This piece was published on 07/09/17]