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Villagers, a solo vehicle for Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O'Brien, specializes in atmospheric, indie folk/chamber pop that balances the youthful exuberance of contemporaries Jens Lekman, Eugene McGuinness, and Johnny Flynn with the classic rock and pop of artists like Paul Simon and Robert Wyatt. Formed in the late 2000s after the breakup of his band the Immediate, O’Brien began writing his own, solo material. A four-track EP appeared in 2009 and was performed entirely by the Irishman. He soon realized that to re-create his burgeoning ideas live he would need a band, so he hastily recruited Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne, and Cormac Curran. There was a quiet buzz about O'Brien's new project from the music critics and fans, which eventually transferred into support slots for Neil Young and a European tour with Tracy Chapman. The Dublin native's debut album, Becoming a Jackal, was released on U.K. independent Domino Records in 2010. The record was highly praised across the board and went on to receive a nomination for the coveted Mercury Music Prize, while O'Brien won the prestigious Best Song Musically and Lyrically Ivor Novello award for its title track in 2011. Toward the end of 2012, the band announced the release of the first single from their sophomore album, "The Waves," which marked a slight change in direction and introduced an electronic influence to their indie folk sound. The hotly anticipated follow-up to their debut, wayland, came in early 2013. In 2015, O'Brien returned Villagers to a more introspective, acoustic folk sound with the group's third full-length album, Darling Arithmetic. Their 2016 release Where Have You Been All My Life was recorded at London's RAK studio in one day, the majority of the songs being captured in one or two takes. The band eschewed overdubs or extensive post-production in favor of a more pared-back, intimate sound. ~ James Christopher Monger & Scott Kerr
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  1.   Song
  2.   The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever)
  3.   Becoming a Jackal
  4.   Nothing Arrived
  5.   I Saw the Dead
  6.   Home
  7.   Wichita Lineman
  8.   The Meaning of the Ritual
  9.   The Bell
  10.   Set the Tigers Free
  11.   The Wonder of You
  12.   No One To Blame
  13.   The Soul Serene
  14.   Hot Scary Summer
  15.   Dawning On Me
  16.   Judgement Call
  17.   That Day
  18.   Memoir
  19.   So Naïve
  20.   Little Bigot
  21.   Darling Arithmetic
  22.   Everything I Am Is Yours
  23.   Courage
  24.   Rhythm Composer
  25.   In a Newfound Land You Are Free
  26.   My Lighthouse
  27.   The Waves
  28.   Twenty - Seven Strangers
  29.   Pieces
  30.   Grateful Song
  31.   Ship of Promises
  32.   To Be Counted Among Men
  33.   Occupy Your Mind
  34.   Earthly Pleasures
  35.   {Awayland}
  36.   Passing a Message
  37.   Beatitudes

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