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[music video]: Villagers – The Bell

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2013

Villagers - The Bell

Villagers video for “The Bell” features live footage of the band performing at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland. This was where Villagers new album {Awayland} was recorded.

The video was directed by Alden Volney and features a combination of animation and live footage. Watch it below.
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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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Villagers At Joe’s Pub (6/23/2010)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2010 — with 2 comments

I have listened to a lot of albums this year, but not many have stood out to me like the debut album from Villagers, Becoming A Jackal. It has acted as more than just another album in my life. I’ve woken up to it, and listened to it while falling asleep. I drive around with it, and listen to it when I’m in my contemplative states. It’s been a living, breathing, playlist to my life as of late. It was a no brainier for me to make a trip to the city to check out Conor O’Brien’s intimate gig at Joe’s Pub.

It was my first time ever at Joe’s Pub, and hopefully it won’t be my last. With a floor dedicated entirely to dinner tables, it is more of a restaurant than a venue. This setup was as perfect for any as an act like Villagers. The crowd couldn’t have been more than 100-125 people, and it played as a perfect atmosphere for Conor’s haunting set of tunes.

While Villagers have played many shows as a band, last nights show featured a bare bones acoustic set from Conor. I don’t know if I would have had it any other way. While the studio versions of the songs are great, there is something magical about having only Conor’s voice and guitar (which is named “Lolla”) there to comfort us. It’s intimate, sensual, but mostly emotional.

The acoustics in Joe’s Pub are top notch. They rival the like’s of Bowery Ballroom, who have some of the best sound, period. This certainly did wonders for Conor’s voice, which is astonishing to begin with. He has an amazing range that stretched to incredible lengths when needed. He spoke each lyric with passionate clarity that made his stories jump to life. “Becoming A Jackal” was as powerful as I hoped, closely rivaling the legendary performance that we witnessed on Jools Holland. Each song found a new life at Joe’s Pub last night, due to the acoustic setting that put the songs out there as they were truly meant to be.

Conor entertained the crowd throughout with playful banter, and some light comedy. He even admitted that he was a bit drunk at the show, which was the first time it’s happened in a while according to him. You wouldn’t have known though, because his performances of beauties like “Pieces” and “The Pact (I’ll Be Your Fever)” were magnificent. He played every song from the album except for “That Day”, which was made up by two non album tracks: “Cecilia and Her Selfhood” & “On A Sunlit Stage”, both of which you need to search for immediately.

I’ve been to a lot of shows in my life, but I haven’t been to many like the one I saw last night. Intimate shows with a powerful singer-songwriter like Villagers are a completely different monster. You actually feel like a crucial part of the audience. Its like Conor is actually singing to you, for you. Conor is an incredible talent who has a bright future ahead of him. His voice is incredibly deep and versatile live, giving me goosebumps more than once. I can legitimately say he is one of the best new singer song-writers that we have been introduced to this young decade.

Check out the setlist & photos from the show, all after the jump:

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