Watch Carmen Villain’s Grimly Chilling ‘Easy’ Video
Norwegian singer-songwriter makes live NYC debut on April 23 at Pianos
Perhaps as a nod to her professional-model-turned-singer-songwriter origin story, Carmen Villain — a.k.a. Carmen Maria Hillestad, former cover girl for Vogue, Glamour, Nylon, Elle, and more — spends the majority of her new music video directly in front of the camera. “Easy” is a shaggy, seething slab of shoegaze off Villain’s recently released debut album, Sleeper, but the track’s companion clip clings to a narrow focus: monochromatic close-ups of the Best New Artist alumna that cut away to headshots of several other young, attractive people glaring into the lens, looking a little depressed. The view pans across several outdoor locations (a bit of bleak countryside, a dimly lit street late at night) but the camera can’t keep away from Villain. Consider this her formal reintroduction, just ahead of her first-ever New York City gig, happening at Pianos on April 23.