Avante Black – “Make A Mess” (Different Recordings)

Today Avante Black reveal ‘Make A Mess’ (on Different Recordings), 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.

Countering a pop landscape dominated by chillbangers, Avante Black’s dizzying, expansive alt-pop sound exists as a shift to something new. 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).

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. This is just the beginning for Avante Black with a debut album slated for early next year.



A band not to be missed live, Avante Black play the UK’s premiere celebration of new talent, Dot To Dot festival, in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on the 26th, 27th and 28th May.

Catch them before then playing a joint headline show at The Finsbury in London with Young Native on April 21st.

“Avante Black came out of nowhere to drop one of the best singles of 2016” – Idolator

“Avante Black will give you a trip” – NYLON

“Explosive… we guarantee you’ll be pressing repeat.” – Wonderland Magazine

“The next break-through” -Spindle Magazine

“Wonderfully unashamed pop… Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten’s vocals offer a welcome note of glistening Scandinavian roar.” – The Blue Walrus

“Beautiful vocals with scuzzy guitars… a dark guitar pop that will catch you instantly.” – Drunken Werewolf