Carmen Villain is the project of US born, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer/songwriter Carmen Hillestad. New album ‘Both Lines Will Be Blue’, out now on Smalltown Supersound, is a beautifully ethereal and dreamlike experience.
‘Ambitions’ is Prins Thomas’ 6th album and his second solo album for Smalltown Supersound (plus two duo albums with Bjørn Torske and Bugge Wesseltoft). ‘Ambitions’ picks up from where he left off with ‘Principe Del Norte’ – still ambitious, but the tracks are shorter, more melodic and more concise.
“The sun rises, the sun sets. This collection of new songs wasn’t intended as an album at first. It gathers up loose ideas sketched down on my computer or hummed into my handheld recorder in the last 2 years with a shifting work environment, from hotel rooms in San Francisco, backstage in Osaka, on a plane from Miami to Chicago, my garden patio, and finally my B15 Studios in Asker.
The common thread was found later during overdubbing and reworking these sketches under the critical ears of label boss Joakim Haugland. Most of the tracks were finalized in the studio at the same time as my previous collaborative album with Bugge Wesseltoft. Bugge even kindly joins in on the album’s closing track “Sakral”.
Ambitions is my 6th album and I would like to thank the following people for their direct inspiration: Jon Christensen, Jaki Liebezeit, Haroumi Hosono, Daniel Lanois, Eberhard Weber, Shinichi Atobe and Ricardo Villalobos.”
Prins Thomas, February 2019