Norwegian/Mexican Carmen Villain is the latest signing on Smalltown Supersound (Lindstrøm, Neneh Cherry, Annie). Her debut album ‘Sleeper’ was released early in 2013 to great reviews. The sound is tempestuous, psychedelic and dreamlike with a defiantly DIY underground free-rock sound. The album was produced by Carmen herself, the other half by Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), with one track a collab/co-production with fellow Norwegian cosmic hero Prins Thomas. Carmen – who freely admits to an obsession with American avant weirdos Sun City Girls – draws on a lineage of sprawling, taboo-busting lo-fi rock: Sonic Youth, Royal Trux, Broadcast and Bikini Kill. But equally she admires the cut ’n’ paste productions of J Dilla, Wu-Tang Clan and English avant garde post-punkers This Heat.
November 1, 2013