Carmen Villain


“dulcet drone-pop meditations as supple as raw silk . . . Her singing seems to come from a place on the edge of sleep, where the Sandman takes the shape of a '60s girl group muttering trance-inducing mantras. . . a molten sound, part electric folk and part industrial primitive, that shifts imperceptibly between soft-focus haze and cutting relief.” -SPIN Magazine

The project of US born, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer/songwriter Carmen Hillestad, Carmen Villain makes ethereal yet challenging music. Her debut album 'Sleeper' was released early in 2013 via Smalltown Supersound to great reviews. Tempestuous, psychedelic and dreamlike, Carmen produces music playing with loops, vocals, and drum programming. She draws on a sprawling array of influences, from This Heat, Durutti Column and Sun City Girls, to Todd Rundgren and Crosby Stills & Nash.. Carmen spent the last 12 years living in NYC and London, before recently moving back to her home town Oslo.