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
Website mrlittlejeansmusic.com

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]

Discography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio". mrlittlejeansmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr Little Jeans". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Little Jeans". Last.fm. 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.