New Release & Tour: Villagers – Again

Photo Credit: Rich Gilligan

Ahead of an extensive autumn tour in UK, Europe and Ireland, Villagers have announced three new shows for 2019, including their biggest London headline to date at The Roundhouse, the prestigious Manchester Cathedral and Wylam Brewery in Newcastle

With the release of The Art Of Pretending To Swim nearing closer – due September 21st –
Villagers have also revealed a new track, titled Again. The album’s opener, it belies its acoustically finger-picked origins as it builds steadily over a propulsive 808 kick drum, ultimately becoming a Moog-soaked epic of a tune and an exploration of self-renewal: “I’ve found again a place in my heart again / For God again in the form of Art again”

Take a listen below…

Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, Conor O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date

Villagers live dates are as follows…

24th Sept – Banquet Records, London
25th Sept – Rough Trade East, London
17th Oct – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
18th Oct – Garage, Glasgow
19th Oct – Gorilla, Manchester
21st Oct – Wardrobe, Leeds
22nd Oct – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
23rd Oct – Hackney Arts Centre, London
25th Oct – Arts Club, Liverpool
27th Oct – Metropolis Festival, RDS, Dublin
30th Oct – Trinity, Bristol
31st Oct – Old Market, Brighton
1st Nov – La Madeleine, Brussels
3rd Nov – Zoom, Frankfurt
5th Nov – Vega, Copenhagen
6th Nov – Gruenspan, Hamburg
8th Nov – Kesselhaus, Berlin
9th Nov – Hybrydy, Warsaw
10th Nov – Futurum, Prague
12th Nov – Doornroosje, Nijmegen
13th Nov – Melkweg (Old Hall), Amsterdam
14th Nov – Trabendo, Paris
16th Nov – Le Boucau, Biarritz
18th Nov – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
19th Nov – Chango, Madrid
20th Nov – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona
22nd Nov – Ridotto Teatro Regio, Parma
23rd Nov – Spazio 211, Turin
24th Nov – Port-Franc, Sion
26th Nov – Papiersaal, Zurich
27th Nov – Kulturkirche, Cologne
28th Nov – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
10th Dec – Empire Music Hall, Belfast
12th Dec – Dolans, Limerick
13th Dec – Black Box, Galway
14th Dec – The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
28th Feb – The Roundhouse, London
1st March – Cathedral, Manchester
2nd March – Wylam Brewery, Newcastle