I’ve been wanting an excuse to post some Villagers because they’re a really incredible band who I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Finally they’ve given me a chance, releasing an acoustic version of “Becoming A Jackal” to celebrate it being awarded this years Ivor Novello Award for “Best Song Musically and Lyrically”.

To give you a vague idea of what to expect, front man Conor O’Brien has a fragile, emotive delivery ranging from a whisper to a howl, which is coupled with poetic, often dark lyrics and fairly spare instrumentation. Comparisons have been made to Bright Eyes, but you can make up your own mind below. Villagers debut album Becoming A Jackal has great variety throughout so I’ve included a couple of tracks for you to give a listen to below, as well as the live acoustic version of “Becoming A Jackal” to download. Also, hit the jump for visuals for a couple of Villagers’ singles. As always, comments appreciated!

Villagers – “Becoming A Jackal (Live)”

Villagers – “Ship Of Promises”

Villagers – “I Saw The Dead”

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