Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

Villagers’ arrival on the scene back in 2010 came at a fortuitous time. While acoustic-based music was doing well in the charts (with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Ed Sheeran dismantling them for their own pleasure), the Irish band rode the wave and came out with a Mercury Prize nomination and a whole load of excitable new fans. Those fans have stayed, showcased by their upcoming sold-out show at The Old Market, but the music has certainly changed. If the likes of Becoming a Jackal and {Awayland} were their commercial successes, The Art of Pretending to Swim is their Sgt Pepper or Pet Sounds. Experimental and whimsical, with enough to anchor it down in the here and the now, it’s an absolute triumph of an album.

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Villagers announce new album and UK tour

Following on from the news that Conor O’Brien’s (aka Villagers) fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, will be released by Domino Records on 21st September, comes the announcement of a UK tour, including a date in Brighton, 31st October, at The Old Market.

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