Mr Little Jeans

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Mr Little Jeans
Birth name Monica Birkenes
Born Grimstad, Norway
Genres Indie pop, synthpop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Neon Gold Records, Harvest Records

Monica Birkenes, better known by her stage name Mr Little Jeans (also stylized Mr. Little Jeans), is a Norwegian singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA.[1] She has released one studio album, ''Pocketknife'' (2014).[2]

The pseudonym Mr Little Jeans is inspired by Kumar Pallana’s character in Wes Anderson’s film Rushmore.[3]

Early life[edit]

Birkenes grew up in rural Grimstad, Norway, the daughter of a shipbuilder and secretary.[3] In her youth she performed in town plays and musical events, as well as church choirs and retirement homes.[4] At age 18 she moved to London to study drama while waitressing to make ends meet.[4]

Music career[edit]

2010–present: Pocketknife[edit]

After signing to independent label Neon Gold, Birkenes released her first single "Rescue Song" in 2010.[2] The Guardian compared her sound at the time to Lykke Li, Robyn, and Annie.[5] Later that year she put out her first EP entitled "Angel EP."[2] Birkenes grew in popularity with her 2011 cover of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs."[6] She often collaborates with Los Angeles producer Tim Anderson, who was instrumental in creating her debut album, Pocketknife.[7] The record was released on Harvest Records on March 25, 2014.[8]


  • Pocketknife (2014)[2]
  • F E V E R S - EP (2016)


  1. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr Little Jeans". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Little Jeans". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  4. ^ a b "Mr Little Jeans: Pocketknife". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  5. ^ Lester, Paul. "New band of the day – No 906: Mr Little Jeans". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  6. ^ "Mr. Little Jeans - The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  7. ^ "Pocketknife - Mr. Little Jeans | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  8. ^ "Album Review: Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife". Retrieved 2015-07-29.