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…

Wet Leg – ‘Chaise Longue’


Isle of Wight duo have announced they’ve signed to Domino Records and shared the video for new single ‘Chaise Longue’. The band – made up of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers – have also announced details of live performances at major festivals and shows with Declan McKenna, Sports Team and Willie J Healey. Opening with…

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…

Joe Goddard Hayden Thorpe Hot Chip Wild Beasts Domino Records collaboration Unknown Song

Joe Goddard and Hayden Thorpe – ‘Unknown Song’


Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Hayden Thorpe (ex-Wild Beasts) have collaborated on new single ‘Unknown Song’. Written and recorded in the early part of the year before all of this, the dance banger will raise your spirits as Hayden sings about ‘where all the lost chords belong’ and broken melodies over synth beats that fall…

Bill Ryder-Jones shares ‘And Then There’s You’ piano reinterpretation video from ‘Yawny Yawn’


Following an appearance at Glastonbury Festival and ahead of the release of ‘Yawny Yawn’ (a piano and vocals version of last year’s ‘Yawn’ album – Pre-order via Dom Mart now) Bill Ryder-Jones has shared a goosebump-inducing video for ‘And Then There’s You’. The stripped-back nature gives more focus on the reflective lyrics as the lead character…

Villagers Summer's Song stream

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…

Hayden Thorpe – ‘Earthly Needs’


Hayden Thorpe has shared ‘Earthly Needs’, the third song to be taken from his upcoming solo album ‘Diviner’ (out on Domino on Friday 24 May – pre-order here). With its synths, programmed drumbeats and deeply personal lyrics (‘I cannot unlove you’), the song opens in a style that brings to mind ‘Digital Ash’-era Bright Eyes…