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Sketch for Winter IX: Perlita

by Carmen Villain

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PannionSeer Muted, greyscale ambient that aptly mimics the introspective calm and leaden stillness of winter. Hushed pads rise and curl like frosted mists, brittle rhythmic elements crunch and crack, and there's a resigned sense of solitude that permeates every second. This isn't quite as vibey and whimsical as "Only Love From Now On," but it's still a worthy addition to Villain's growing discography.
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avery a chorus of flames transmitting best wishes from the depths of a frozen sea Favorite track: Light in Phases.
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Jacob Newman Delicate textures, phasing harmonics, dynamic soundscapes...beautiful and engaging music.
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v8r6n Such gorgeous tunes <3 Favorite track: Agua Azul.
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Aidan Hard to pick a favourite here! Easy to get lost in this music, but just as easy to focus on the tiniest of details. Gorgeous. Favorite track: Agua Azul.
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millarsgold I liked most of Villains instrumental work from before but I feel this album is bringing her to a new level. Its not often instrumental music has so much engaging narrative in the melody. Thanks Carmen!
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Molina 04:56
Agua Azul 05:16


Ever the aural adventurer, Carmen Villain has long traversed a boundless array of sounds, deftly moving from art nouveau pop to fog-laden avant-dub. Yet at every artistic turn, the Norwegian-Mexican’s chameleon-like charm seldom loses its alluring, organic beauty. Fresh off her contribution to 2020’s A Little Night Music… compilation, Carmen joins Geographic North’s Sketch for Winter series for its 9th installment. 'Perlita,' named after Carmen’s grandmother living in Puebla, Mexico, is a sweetly somber reflection on the ever-present cycle of hibernation and reemergence.

The A side begins with “Everything Without Shadow”, a wide-angled and windswept vista of expansive permafrost and still-glowing embers of a recently extinguished fire. A sign of life in an otherwise desolate place. “Two Halves Touching” continues to drift through the frigid scene, lightly pulsing underneath a muted but vibrant tundra until coming upon echoes of voices chanted into the snowdrift. “Light in Phases” follows the cue with hurried hesitance, uncovering a sonic slush of radiant zither, blurred voices, and calm resolution.

“Things That Are Solid” begins to thaw the B side, strolling through newly uncovered verdancy, welcoming murmurs peeking out of the snow. With “Molina”, any last remnants of Winter have disappeared, leaving only a solemn suite of piano motifs breaking ground like seedlings bursting to life. With help from Johanna Scheie Orellana on flute and alt-flute, the album’s closer “Aqua Azul'' floats along with unencumbered motion like a happy stone skating across a tranquil pond.


released January 22, 2021

Composed, performed, produced and mixed by Carmen Villain.
Flute performed by Johanna Scheie Orellana.
Mastered by Sean McCann
Carmen Villain is published by Smalltown Supermusic/Sony ATV

Perlita is named after my grandmother who lives in Puebla, Mexico.


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Carmen Villain Oslo, Norway

Norwegian-Mexican artist/producer Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music made up of tapestries of field-recordings, woodwinds, samples and synths, culminating in her own distinctive, cosmic sound combining elements of fourth world, dub and ambient. She has released music for labels such as Smalltown Supersound, Geographic North and Longform Editions.
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