Shares brand new single
Watch the animated video HERE
The Art Of Pretending To Swim
Villagers are 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.
Watch the video for “Summer’s Song” here.
Stream “Summer’s Song” here.
Villagers released their acclaimed fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swim last 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. Villagers’ covered Elvis’ “Wonder of You”, which was featured in the pivotal school fundraiser scene in the Season 1 finale, with actor Adam Scott performing O’Brien’s version of the song. The cover was highlighted again recently in Season 2. Both the cover and the original song “Nothing Arrived” are featured on the show’s soundtrack. Villagers’ Spotify session of single”Nothing Arrived” has hit over 130 million streams.
Fresh from supporting Mumford & Sons on their recent UK arena tour, Villagers will be playing UK & EU shows throughout the summer. All dates below, tickets on sale here.
Fri Jul 12 — Dublin, Ireland — Iveagh Gardens
Thur Jul 18 — Galway, Ireland — Galway Arts Festival
Fri Jul 19 — Cork, Ireland — Cyprus Avenue
Sat Jul 20 — Kilkenny, Ireland — Ballykeeffee Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 2 — Chaves, Portugal — Festival N2
Wed Aug 7 — Bruges, Belgium — Moods Festival
Thur Aug 15 — Edinburgh, Scotland — Edinburgh International Festival
Fri Aug 23 –Bangor, Northern Ireland — Open House Festival
Fri Aug 30 — Vlieland, Netherlands — The Great Wide Open
Sat Aug 31 — Maastricht, Netherlands — Bruis Festival
Sun Sep 1 — Darmstadt, Germany — Golden Leaves Festival
Thur Nov 7 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — Paradiso
Fri Nov 8 — Rotterdam, Netherlands — LantarenVenster
Sat Nov 9 — Rust, Germany — Rolling Stone Park Festival
Mon Nov 11 — Dusseldorf, Germany — Zakk
Tue Nov 12 — Munich, Germany — Strom
Wed Nov 13 — Leipzig, Germany — UT Connewitz
Sat Nov 16 — Weissenhauser Strand, Germany — Rolling Stone Beach
Sun Nov 17 — Deventer, Netherlands — Burgerweehuis
Mon Nov 18 — Leuven, Belgium — Het Depot
Praise for The Art Of Pretending To Swim:
“This record is really one you can get lost in.” – NPR
“O’Brien and company prove that folk music is an emotive device, a way of describing a certain atmosphere, a moment in time, or place on the seaside.” – Under the Radar
“Villagers’ most essential release to date” – The Line of Best Fit
“An impressive reminder of what made him so special in the first place” – Q
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