Former model Carmen Villain goes mellow for our new Monday mix, sharing a selection of downbeat minimalism and experimental ambient tracks.

Former model Carmen Villain goes mellow for our new Monday mix, sharing a selection of downbeat minimalism and experimental ambient tracks.

Carmen Villain’s first album, the 2013-released Sleeper, was an elusive record. Characterised by its woozy vocals and fuzzy guitars, her frustration – lurking just beneath the surface – was fraught and palpable. The half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer even noted that the album was dedicated to “indifference”, or feeling as if you’re in a “kind of emptiness.”

Her latest record, Infinite Avenue, comes four years after her debut, and is almost unrecognisable. This time around, Villain has shaken off the angst, opting instead for soothing sound tapestries and relaxed ruminations. The result is an intensely personal record; written, recorded and produced exclusively by the singer herself.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of ambient and electronic music lately,” the former model tells Huck. “I’ve also been very inspired by films for this last album, especially films by Cassavetes, Bergman and Antonioni. There’s something about the vibe and the pace of the movies, that they are not necessarily linear but still evoke so much emotion and feeling.”

For our Monday mix, Villain selects a series of tracks that influenced the record, from the hypnotic instrumentals of Jon Hassell to the absorbing ambience of Huerco S. “It’s a mix of fairly chill and ambient selections,” she adds. “I was in a pretty mellow mood when I made this.” Listen below:

Tracklist

Laraaji – “Introspection (edit)”
Jon Hassell – “Chemistry”
Roberto Musci – “Claudia, Wilhelm R and Me”
Bellows – “03 Untitled”
Yves Tumor – “Limerence”
CTM – “La Mer”
Carmen Villain – “Safe”
Biosphere – “Sweet Dreams Form a Shade”
Huerco S – “Hear Me Out”

Carmen Villain’s album, Infinite Avenue, is available now via Smalltown Supersound.

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