Villagers unveil new song “So Simpatico”

Villagers unveil new song “So Simpatico”

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”.

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.”

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.

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
24th July – Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk
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
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Villagers Fever Dreams

Album | 20th August 2021

Villagers is pleased to announce his fifth studio album Fever Dreams

Written over the course of two years, the main bodies of the songs were recorded in a series of full-band studio sessions in late 2019 and early 2020. Over the course of the long, slow pandemic days, O’Brien refined them in his tiny home studio in Dublin, and the album was then mixed by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, FKA Twigs).

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.”

Tracklisting

  • 1Something Bigger
  • 2The First Day
  • 3Song In Seven
  • 4So Simpatico
  • 5Momentarily
  • 6Circles In The Firing Line
  • 7Restless Endeavour
  • 8Full Faith In Providence
  • 9Fever Dreams
  • 10Deep In My Heart

Villagers Fever Dreams

Album | 20th August 2021

Villagers is pleased to announce his fifth studio album Fever Dreams

Written over the course of two years, the main bodies of the songs were recorded in a series of full-band studio sessions in late 2019 and early 2020. Over the course of the long, slow pandemic days, O’Brien refined them in his tiny home studio in Dublin, and the album was then mixed by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, FKA Twigs).

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.”

Tracklisting

  • 1Something Bigger
  • 2The First Day
  • 3Song In Seven
  • 4So Simpatico
  • 5Momentarily
  • 6Circles In The Firing Line
  • 7Restless Endeavour
  • 8Full Faith In Providence
  • 9Fever Dreams
  • 10Deep In My Heart
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