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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. ~ 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.   Dawning On Me
  7.   {Awayland}
  8.   Occupy Your Mind
  9.   In a Newfound Land You Are Free
  10.   Everything I Am is Yours
  11.   Twenty - Seven Strangers
  12.   Passing a Message
  13.   Grateful Song
  14.   Darling Arithmetic
  15.   No One To Blame
  16.   So Naïve
  17.   To Be Counted Among Men
  18.   Hot Scary Summer
  19.   Pieces
  20.   Memoir
  21.   Courage
  22.   Judgement Call
  23.   Earthly Pleasures
  24.   The Waves
  25.   Set the Tigers Free
  26.   Ship of Promises
  27.   Beatitudes
  28.   Little Bigot
  29.   The Bell
  30.   Home
  31.   Rhythm Composer
  32.   That Day
  33.   My Lighthouse
  34.   The Meaning of the Ritual
  35.   The Soul Serene
  36.   Where Are We Now?
  37.   Nobody Does It Better

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