Fantastic news! Villagers are back with their first release for a couple of years with “The Waves,” which is released today. If you have yet to hear any music from this excellent Irish band here are the facts: they released Becoming A Jackal, a Mercury nominated, Ivor Novello winning, eerie debut album of indie/folk in 2010, and since then have been hard at work touring and recording and sadly not releasing new music. Becoming A Jackal was an almost wholly acoustic album, with the rather angelic looking Conor O’Brien’s delicate voice and oft-despondent lyrics very much the focal point, and whilst “The Waves” continues to showcase his elegant lyricism, it also hints at some exciting additions to Villagers’ sound. A variety of electronic flourishes and even an uplifting horn section are present in this exquisite 5 minute tour de force which, although great in the first place, improves a little with every listen.
“The Waves” is out today, buy it here.