Mr Little Jeans

August 20, 2016

Born and raised in Grimstad, Norway, Birkenes is the daughter of a shipbuilder and secretary. Birkenes spent her childhood immersed in music, including early influences from PJ Harvey and Massive Attack.  In 2011, the Norwegian electro-pop artist first captured attention with her striking, stripped-down rendition of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.” In 2014, Mr Little Jeans released the critically beloved debut album Pocketknife, featuring rapturous tracks like “Good Mistake” and “Oh Sailor (Feat. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Youth Chorale).”  Mr Little Jeans now resides in Los Angeles.

“magic…how she managed to fly under the radar for the past few years is beyond us” – NYLON

“Dropping Scandinavian gems” – Refinery 29

“Monica Birkenes makes propulsive, epic pop music with gnarled synth lines and alluring textures”

NPR Music

“What a treat to wake up to a brand new track from Mr Little Jeans!” – KCRW

“Spare production split between synths and a mandolin flutter, compiling into a stepped, latticed crescendo and the breathy vocals all come together in a jam tailor-made for a summer evening”

Billboard (“Good Mistake” Review)

“Mr Little Jeans is an awesome girl band to know now” – New York Magazine

“Mr Little Jeans: absolutely not one to be missed” – MTV

“[Pocketknife] is a jaw-dropping great opus” – Idolator

“Easily one of the best albums of the year thus far” – Pop Matters (Album Review)

“This singer naughtily repeats ‘Your secret’s safe with me,’ until the steady buildup finally kills all your inhibitions” – Entertainment Weekly (Review of “Good Mistake”)

“Mr Little Jeans: Alt-pop artist poised to make it big” – Flavorwire

“’Pocketknife’ is surprisingly diverse, with nearly every song offering a hook or refrain that feels textured, vital and perhaps most importantly, of a piece.”Consequence Of Sound

“Mr Little Jeans is a unique talent.” – SOMA Magazine

“That’s right, Mr Little Jeans is not a dude.  She’s a lady.  And a very talented one!” – Perez Hilton

“Mr Little Jeans Gets Bigger!” – Billboard (“Bubbling Under” Feature)