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Laura Marling has established herself as one of the best folk-rock artists that Britain has to offer. Her latest album, Short Movie (released yesterday via Ribbon Music) is a testament to that. It’s very much a Laura Marling record, but it takes a new, more rock and roll infused approach to bring its ideas of self-discovery to life. On Monday night she played to a sold out crowd at the always wonderful Brooklyn venue Warsaw, leading the way for a totally enchanting night of music.
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[new]: Villagers – Nothing Arrived

By Will Oliver, November 20th 2012

Villagers has released a video for his latest single, “Nothing Arrived.” The lightly arranged song has one beautiful piano line, which everything else works around. Connor hasn’t lost his touch one bit . It features a well done music video that echos the songs sentiment.

The video features a man cleverly named Terrence Bliss who seems to have not much going for him – until the end of the video. But things don’t really change..or do they?

Watch the video below, and enjoy the song. It’s going to be on Villagers new album {Awayland}, which comes out January 15 via Domino Records.
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Villagers Announce New Album: {Awayland}

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2012

Villagers have announced that their new album is titled {Awayland}. The album will be released via Domino on January 15, 2013. The album was produced, mixed, and engineered at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland. The album sits at 11 songs, and will feature “The Waves” as it’s first single. Listen to that/watch it’s video here.

There is also a short teaser for the album which you can watch below. From what we can hear, this doesn’t seem to be a repeat of the debut. Rather, it seems like it’s headed in the complete opposite direction, which has me excited. Watch it below.
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[new]: Villagers – The Waves

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

Villagers have made their return with a new single titled “The Waves”.

In it, Conor dabbles with electronic sounds, while also maintaining his warm folk glow as well. It all builds into a high energy climax that is both epic and powerful.

It will appear on the follow-up to his debut album Becoming A Jackal, details soon to come. The single will be released via Domino on special limited 7″ vinyl on October 22. It’s also available to download on iTunes. Watch/listen to the music video below and remember why we all fell in love with his debut album 2 years ago.

[new] Villagers – Cecelia & Her Selfhood

By Will Oliver, October 5th 2011

“Ceceia & Her Selfhood” isn’t really new, as Connor O’Brien and the rest of Villagers have been playing it live for some time now. But they finally released it as a studio recorded mp3.

It’s a slow burning that slowly picks up steam with extravagant style and ease. It’s a welcoming sign that the future is still very bright for these guys. It’s a stunning effort.

[mp3]: Villagers – Cecelia & Her Selfhood

Check out it’s music video as well:

I got some sweet goodies for you guys to win today. The always great Conor O’Brien a.k.a. Villagers is returning to the U.S. to embark on his first full band tour stateside. I got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner for his November 3rd show at the Mercury Lounge. On top of that, you will get a copy of Becoming a Jackal on CD. Can’t beat a 2 for 1 deal.

To win, leave a comment on the best show that you have seen this year, and why. Whoever leaves me impressed wins. Be sure to enter your e-mail address so I can e-mail you if your the lucky winner.

Get at it!

Villagers are also stopping by The Knitting Factory on November 2nd. Be sure to catch one of his dates, he’s phenomenal live.

Niall from the incredible Nialler9 just sent me over an amazing live video of Villagers, and I had to share it. It’s also Niall’s birthday, so how could I not post it? (Happy Birthday Niall!)

The video captures Villagers performance of “The Meaning of the Ritual” in Dublin at the Workman’s Club during an invite only gig. Director Myles O’Reilly beautifully captured the performance and makes it come to life. You really do feel like you’re there yourself.

It’s presented to you via Niall’s other site State. Check it out:

[music video] Villagers – Ship Of Promises

By Will Oliver, June 30th 2010

I forgot to post the new music video for Villagers second single “Ship Of Promises”. It was released the day I saw him perform at Joe’s Pub, so that could be how it got lost in the shuffle. Watch it below:

It comes off Becoming A Jackal, truly one of 2010’s best debut albums. If you haven’t heard it yet, you are truly missing out. Here is a mp3 of the title track, which still gets me the same way it did when I first heard it. It makes a strong case for one of the top songs of 2010.

[mp3]: Villagers – Becoming A Jackal

Conor did a session for radio station WNYC, which you can stream here.

I posted the music video for “Becoming A Jackal” below, for those of you who may have missed it:

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