Two years after sophomore album Infinite Avenue, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer-songwriter Carmen Villain (aka Carmen Maria Hillestad) announced the release of a new full-length. Both Lines Will Be Blue is out on July 12th via Smalltown Supersound and it is her first full instrumental album. We already shared “Observable Future”; “Type” is a new excerpt.
“I’ve been playing around with instrumentals for a long time, and it was something I wanted to do more with after I finished Infinite Avenue,” says Carmen. “Leaving out my voice and lyrics got me out of my own head a bit, which I needed. Working with sound is to me the ultimate meditation and is a more unconscious way of expressing whatever is going on inside.”
The flute, played by Johanna Scheie Orellana, is a central part of this new album. Carmen got her in to the studio to both record melodies that she had written, as well as making plenty of room for impro/freeform. Prins Thomas also appears on the record, playing percussion on “I Could Sit Here All Day.”