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Villagers – A Trick Of The Light (2018)

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‘Trick Of The Light’ is the first release from Villagers’ forthcoming album The Art Of Pretending To Swim. The track opens to a steady pulse and quickly creates a groove that is more than slightly R&B. The folk returns as the song progresses and Conor O’Brien chases ‘A Trick Of The Light’.

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Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (2010)



This is not the first track I’ve featured off Villagers’ debut long player Becoming a Jackal. The Villagers are Conor O’Brien and, I have read, he plays almost every instrument on the album. The Dubliner’s love of Neil Young and Paul Simon is plain to hear. But on the title track, the result is part Elliot Smith, part Prefab Sprout. Very good indeed.

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Villagers – I Saw The Dead (2010)


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The first time I put on the The Villagers’ Becoming A Jackal, I could hear the past. Not only are Conor O’Brien’s lyrics sepia-toned, but the music also draws on influences I admire greatly. Passing over the Love-tinged folk-pop of the title track, I select ‘I Saw The Dead’ for the sound of Peter Gabriel’s Genesis. It’s a dark start for an album and a cold week. Have a good one.

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