review of Villagers album Fever Dreams on Domino Records

Villagers – ‘Fever Dreams’ album review


Conor O’Brien’s Villagers return with sixth album ‘Fever Dreams’. Written over the past couple of years and recorded during those longer lockdown days at the start of the pandemic, the record has a central theme of escapism and finds Conor ruminating on events ranging from night swimming on a Dutch island to the inescapable power…

Villagers The First Day stream

Villagers – ‘The First Day’


Villagers have shared the video for new single ‘The First Day’ and announced details of upcoming fifth album ‘Fever Dreams’ (out on 20 August via Domino – pre-order the album here). With a theme of escapism running through the songs on the new record, ‘The First Day’ finds Conor O’Brien in reflective mood as he…

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Villagers – ‘Summer’s Song’


We’re almost halfway through July so of course Conor O’Brien’s Villagers are bringing some more sunshine into all of our lives with ‘Summer’s Song’. Produced by Conor and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips), Conor claims it’s ‘the closest I’ll ever get to writing a pure pop song’ and reveals ‘it was really…

Villagers stream ‘A Trick of the Light’


Conor O’Brien’s Villagers return with new album ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’ (Domino) on 21 September. Ahead of the release, you can watch the striking video for ‘A Trick of the Light’. Directed by Bob Gallagher, the Lynchian video follows a ‘dishevelled shamanist’ as he believes he triggers an altered state of consciousness in…

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Villagers – ‘Courage’ video stream


We’ve been huge fans of Villagers ever since Conor O’Brien appeared on Jools Holland a few years back to deliver a stunning solo rendition of ‘Becoming a Jackal’. The album of the same name lived up to the potential of its lead single and then 2013’s ‘{Awayland}’ saw Conor invite his bandmates into the fold…