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Carmen villain aug17

Carmen Villain shares frost-blasted single "Borders" featuring Jenny Hval

14 August 2017, 16:18 | Written by Laurence Day

Norwegian-Mexican artist Carmen Villan has shared "Borders", a new single featuring forward-thinking experimenter Jenny Hval.

"Borders" is the latest taste of Villain's upcoming second record Infinite Avenue, the follow up to 2013's Sleeper - Villain and Hval wrote the vocals together, with the former producing the end result.

"I built the instrumental version from these vocal loops, and sent it through to Jenny, and she delivered this fever dream trip with knockout choruses," says Villain. "Her lyrics brought out memories of a real life nightmare of my own, so I added my own story of post-9/11 borders and the rage and fear I felt after witnessing so much racism."

"I was really fascinated by the slow, hypnotic nature of this loop that Carmen sent me," adds Hval. "For some reason I started singing about moving really fast, a stream-of-consciousness fever drive in the desert. Maybe I felt like I couldn't follow the music, that I had to create opposition. Maybe that's what we always do."

Infinite Avenue is out 8 September via Smalltown Supersound.
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