This week alt-popsters Avante Black have released new single ‘Make A Mess’, the follow-up to top 3 Hype Machine smash ‘Drug Money’. Written by lead singer Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten and with psychedelic production from Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir), ‘Make A Mess’ tells it straight about the moment when you’re breaking up with someone and realize it’s not fixable. Check out the new track now on the Shoot New Release Playlist!
Countering a pop landscape dominated by chillbangers, Avante Black’s dizzying, expansive alt-pop sound exists as a shift to something new.
Singer-songwriter Ottiila grew up in the city Uppsala north of Stockholm. With Bob Dylan lyrics tattooed on her arm and an instinctive way with words, she wrote her first song at 15-years-old. Now living in London and applauded with songwriting references as varied as Tove Lo, Maggie Rogers and Lana Del Rey, Ottilia’s unfiltered soul and knack for song writing belies her 22-years.
With compelling lyrics that speak for her generation, Ottilia and the band exude an attitude that embodies both current discomfort and complacency. With unexpected and expansive melodies, the band’s screwy euphoria has hit home across international borders.
Previous releases ‘Imaginary Love’ and ‘Drug Money’ saw Avante Black included in `Best of 2016′ and ‘2017 Ones To Watch’ lists as well as racking up Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 support, widespread acclaim across NYLON, The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland, Popjustice, Idolator, Spindle Magazine and a Top 3 main chart position on Hype Machine.
‘Drug Money’ continued its trajectory with a remix by Scandi-pop favourites Anna Of The North and a trippy, kaleidoscopic video directed by Alden Volney (Jamie xx, Temples). This is just the beginning for Avante Black with a debut album slated for early next year.
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