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Carmen Villain

2022
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EN

The diverse sonic worlds that Carmen Villain has built over her career invite the listener to explore depths, caverns, and intimacy within a discography shaped by her natural curiosity of sound, and of seeing the potential for music in everything.

Carmen grew up immersed in music; her Mexican mother and Norwegian father were both guitarists, while childhood experiences playing classical piano at home and clarinet in a marching band reinforced the feelings of community that buoy her music - feelings that are less easily visible in a solo work. Her teenage years were spent absorbing dub sonics and rap bombast alongside punk and shoegaze. Moving to New York at 17, she also spent time living in London before returning to Oslo.

Carmen Villain’s latest album Only Love From Now On, released in 2022, is one of the most internationally acclaimed Norwegian albums from the last few years, receiving accolades from The New York Times, a 7.8 from Pitchfork and the prestigious “RA Recommends” tag from Resident Advisor. She has played festivals like Dekmantel, Way Out West and Mutek, and is now returning to by:Larm to perform a live set that is both immersive and cosmic.

NO

Musikken til Carmen Villain er som å bli invitert på en intim musikalsk reise, farget av hennes nysgjerrige og åpne holdning til hvilke lydkilder som kan brukes til musikk. I oppveksten var Carmen omringet av musikk – hennes meksikanske mor og norske far var begge gitarister, og i barndommen spilte hun både piano og klarinett. I tenårene trakk hun mot dub, rap, punk og shoegaze, og musikkinteressen vokste også stort under opphold i New York og London.

Hennes nye album Only Love From Now On, utgitt i februar 2022, fikk strålende mottagelse i utenlandsk presse, blant annet i New York Times, en 7.8 fra Pitchfork og den prestisjefylte utmerkelsen “RA Recommends” fra Resident Advisor levner ingen tvil om at Carmen Villain har lagd et av de mest internasjonalt anerkjente norske albumene utgitt i senere tid. Hun har spilt på kredible festivaler som Dekmantel, Way Out West og Mutek, og kommer nå tilbake til by:Larm med et livesett som er både immersivt og kosmisk.

Highlights
  • "Richly textured and generously emotional, Carmen Villain's fifth album is a masterpiece of jazz-informed ambient and downtempo." - RA Recommends, Resident Advisor
  • “Tracks that are both enveloping and open” - The New York Times
  • “The most dynamic, unpredictable album of her career” - Pitchfork (7.8)
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