The woman behind the name "Carmen Villain" is 27-year-old Carmen Hillestad. Hillestad was one of Norway's few international top models for a number of years. Yet her music is anything but glitz or glamour. It's quite the opposite.
Most of her music is experimental, challenging and occasionally disturbing. Some other adjectives I'd use to describe her music are dreamy, brooding and hypnotic.
Villain trades in traditional song structure for a deeply original take on a musical style known as shoegaze. Shoegaze originiated in Britain in the late 1980s and often uses guitar effects.
And while I admit Villain's music is far from an easy listening experience, underneath all the friction, there's a lot of beauty on "Sleeper."