Carmen Villain

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Norwegian-Mexican artist and producer Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music made upof tapestries of field-recordings, acoustic instruments such as flute, clarinet, piano, andelectronics, culminating in her own distinctive sound combining elements of fourth world,dub and ambient.

Through an experimental approach to production and composition, theresults are often a mixture of an abstract soundscape rich in detail, permeated withbeautiful harmonies and melodies. Through a number of releases for labels such as Smalltown Supersound, Geographic North (USA) and Longform Editions (AUS), she has established herself as a distinctive name with a music-interested audience as well as with the critics. Her latest release, “Only Love From Now On” is released Feb 2022.

Press quotes: 

“Only Love From Now On moves with careful precision, deploying each element slowly to reveallucent beauty at its core”

Pitchfork, 26 Great Records You May Have Missed Winter 2022

“[‘Only Love FromNow On’] […] has a breathy jazz tinge across the electronic pastoral landscape shehas meticulously cultivated”

The Wire

“Tracks that are both enveloping and open[…] it’s ambient but clearly in motion”

The New York Times

“The most dynamic, unpredictable album of her career”

7.8 Pitchfork

“Continues a run of near perfect releases[…] Carmen Villain is a world builder”

The Quietus

“A triumph of quiet beauty”

The Fader

“Heartbreak melodies spill out, or a deep dub pulse bubbles up..lush downtempo that splits the difference between Fourth World ambience and smoky trip hop”

Resident Advisor



Only Love From Now On
Smalltown Supersound(2022)