Share brand new single “Summer’s Song”
Upcoming Irish and European live dates
The Art Of Pretending To Swimout now
Villagersare pleased to share a brand new single, “Summer’s Song”.
Featuring a chorus of six flugelhorns, “Summer’s Song”was written and produced by Conor O’Brien and mixed by the legendary Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT). In Conor’s words: “Summer’s Song is the closest I’ll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I’m glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it’s fun to play live. I can’t quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridmann in on the mix”.
The video – animated by Joe May and illustrated by Patricio Bauzá – is equally drenched with memories of summers past and anticipation of those to come.
Fresh from supporting Mumford & Sons on their recent UK arena tour, Villagers will be playing shows throughout the summer including a sold-out gig at Dublin’s glorious Iveagh Gardens (his biggest ever headline – 4000 cap). A European tour including Paradiso, Amsterdam and the Rolling Stone Weekenders in Germany have also been announced for November.
Villagers Live Dates
Fri 12thJuly – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
Thurs 18thJuly – Galway Arts Festival, Galway
Fri 19thJuly – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Sat 20thJuly – Ballykeeffee Amphitheatre, Kilkenny
Fri 2ndAug – Festival N2, Chaves, Portugal
Wed 7thAug – Moods Festival, Bruges, Belgium
Thurs 15thAug – Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
Fri 16thAug – Green Man Festival, Abergavenny, Wales
Fri 23rdAug – Open House Festival, Bangor
Fri 30thAug – Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands
Sat 31stAug – Bruis Festival, Maastricht
Sun 1stSept – Golden Leaves Festival, Darmstadt, Germany
Thurs 7th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fri 8thNov – LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sat 9thNov – Rolling Stone Park Festival, Rust, Germany
Mon 11thNov – Zakk, Dusseldorf, Germany
Tues 12thNov – Strom, Munich, Germany
Wed 13thNov – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
Sat 16thNov – Rolling Stone Beach, Weissenhauser Strand, Germany
Sun 17thNov – Burgerweehuis, Deventer, Netherlands
Mon 18thNov – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
Photo credit: Rich Gilligan
Villagers released their acclaimed fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swimlast year and O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards, two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize.
Additionally, Villagers’ music has featured in both seasons of HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’– reaching the Top 60 Shazam charts in the UK and US last month – and their Spotify session of “Nothing Arrived” has hit over 130 million streams.
Praise for The Art Of Pretending To Swim:
“Sophisticated chamber pop confection with the subtlest hints of soul and dance in its grooves”
Mojo Albums of the Year
“An impressive reminder of what made him so special in the first place”Q 4*
“His fourth album might just tip him over into mainstream appeal”The Times 4*
“A quiet knockout” Uncut
“Whatever state O Brien’s heart may be in, his art remains gloriously intact” Record Collector 4*
“Villagers’ most essential release to date”The Line of Best Fit 8/10
“Irresistible”Sunday Telegraph Stella
“Villagers’ most assured, and daring, album”Independent 4*