Smalltown Supersound – July 12th

It’s a brave move for an artist to sidestep their usual set up and craft an album made up entirely of instrumentals, but Carmen Villain has good reason on Both Lines Will Be Blue; “Leaving out my voice and lyrics got me out of my own head a bit, which I needed,” she explains on the subject. “Working with sound is to me the ultimate meditation and is a more unconscious way of expressing whatever is going on inside.”

The way she conveys her depth of feeling through soothing tracks such as ‘Are You For Real’ and ‘Sometimes I Love You Forever’ is breath-taking, with much of the journey backed by flute-based melodies and unhinged improv. Perhaps a combination you didn’t know you needed.

Photo by Signe Luksengard.

Buy: Carmen Villain – Both Lines Will Be Blue