Avante Black is the project led by Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten, a 22 year-old Swedish native living in London, alongside fellow Swede Emil, Italian Gabs and British drummer Dean.
The band’s debut single ‘Drug Money’ is an alternative pop gem, an ambitious statement of intent which explodes with driving electronics and Ottilia’s compulsive, melodic vocal.
Produced in London by Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir), the release is Avante Black’s first on [PIAS] electronic imprint Different Recordings (Anna Of The North, Claptone, Kllo).
The first glimpse of the project came early this year with the self-released demo ‘Imaginary Love’, a record which showed Ottilia’s striking songwriting and quickly caught the attention of [PIAS] and many more.
Whilst her remarkable songcraft may set her apart, it’s Ottilia’s knack for combining this with her favourite elements of electronica, shoegaze and pop that makes Avante Black such an exciting new prospect.
“‘...an irresistible alt-pop gem… we guarantee you’ll be pressing repeat.” Wonderland Magazine
“An explosion of hazy synths and guitar licks, this winning alt-pop anthem sounds like a cross between Empire Of The Sun and Lykke Li." Idolator
“Brilliant single... sounding super sweet” Huw Stephens, BBC R1