VILLAGERS – Unveil new song and video for “So Simpatico”

Unveil new song and video for “So Simpatico” – watch here

Fifth album Fever Dreams out August 20th

Announce run of UK instore shows


Photo credit – Rich Gilligan


As the release of Villagers’ fifth album Fever Dreams edges closer – due August 20th via Domino – Conor O’Brien is delighted to unveil the second song from the upcoming record. The new track, “So Simpatico”, begins with twinkling glockenspiel and intimate vocals, before swelling to a transformative and mesmerizing refrain from O’Brien: “The more I know, the more I care”.


Watch the video for “So Simpatico” here.

Stream “So Simpatico” here.


Conor says of “So Simpatico”: “It’s a song of devotion; whether to a person, the self, or the art of being, a struggle for authenticity is at its core. We all jammed and recorded an early version with too many words and I took it home and simplified it until it was as pure an expression as possible. It’s a pop song about the essence of love.”


Director Rosie Barrett adds about the video: “So Simpatico is a journey of awakening and self-reflection of a sad clown finding love within himself and sparking that zest for life that was lost some time ago. Creating a visual narrative for this beautiful song was a joy as I have been long admiring Conor’s music. I had the pleasure of working with a brilliant cast and crew in the making and I am very excited to see this video out in the world.”


“So Simpatico” video still


Fever Dreams is a paean to human connection. The songs on the album were found in many places, from connections at County Meath’s Another Love Story festival and night swimming on a Dutch island to Flann O’Brien, Audre Lorde, David Lynch, L. S. Lowry via the library music of Piero Umiliani and Alessandro Alessandroni and jazz from Duke Ellington and Alice Coltrane. O’Brien says on the gestation of Fever Dreams: “I had an urge to write something that was as generous to the listener as it was to myself. Sometimes the most delirious states can produce the most ecstatic, euphoric and escapist dreams.”


There are 4 different album artworks for Fever Dreams, all related to the album’s themes through constellations included in Ptolemy’s 2nd century list of 48 constellations: Ursa Major (bear), Aquila (eagle), Cassiopeia (elk) & Serpens (snake). O’Brien adds: “I think constellations as representations of how we search for shapes, meaning and pattern in order to gain a sense of control over our existence and lives.” View all the album covers here.


Watch the video for previously shared “The First Day” here.


Fever Dreams follows The Art Of Pretending To Swim, Darling Arithmetic, {Awayland} and Becoming A Jackal. Conor O’Brien also 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 the BBC/Hulu series Normal People and their Spotify session of “Nothing Arrived” has hit over 165 million streams.


Additionally, Villagers have announced a run of UK instore shows for August before they head out on their headline Irish and UK tour in autumn. Having already sold out two dates at Dublin’s Vicar Street, a third has been added.


2021 live dates

19th August – Banquet Records, Kingston – Evening

20th August – Rough Trade East, London – Sold out

21st August – Relevant Records, Cambridge – Lunchtime

21st August – Resident Records, Brighton – Evening

22nd August – Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol – Lunchtime

22nd August – Truck, Oxford – Evening 

23rd August – Rough Trade Nottingham, Nottingham – Lunchtime

23rd August – Vinyl Tap, Huddersfield – Evening

24th August – Jumbo Records, Leeds – Lunchtime

24th August – Action Records, Preston – Evening

27th August – Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, Beuningen, Netherlands

28 August – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands

12th October – SWG3, Glasgow

13th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

15th October – Albert Hall, Manchester

16th October – SWX, Bristol

17th October – Junction, Cambridge

18th October – The Glee Club, Birmingham

20th October – Chalk, Brighton

21st October – Roundhouse, London

2nd November – Opera House, Cork

3rd November – Set Theatre, Kilkenny – Sold out

4th November – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick – Sold out

5th November – Black Box, Galway – Sold out

7th November – Empire Music Hall, Belfast

11th December – Vicar Street, Dublin – Sold out

12th December – Vicar Street, Dublin – Sold out

13th December – Vicar Street, Dublin



Fever Dreams is available to pre-order on Dom Mart exclusive coloured vinyl (with one-sided 7” and signed 4 postcard set), indies exclusive coloured vinyl, Dinked Editions exclusive coloured vinyl (with flexi disc), Irish exclusive coloured vinyl, vinyl, CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital The initial press of all vinyl formats features a die cut sleeve with 4 interchangeable album covers.


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