Album Release


Fever Dreams

Domino - distribuzione Self - 20 agosto 2021

Oggi?Conor O’Brien?è orgoglioso di annunciare?Fever Dreams, il quinto album dei?Villagers?in uscita il 20 agosto su Domino.

Ultimamente la ricerca di?evasione si fa sentire sempre di?più e?Fever Dreams?la persegue fino ad ottenere un effetto ipnotizzante. é come per iI migliori dischi, diventa un mezzo di trasporto; ti raccoglie in un punto e ti lascia da tutt’altra parte.

Scritto nel corso di due anni, la maggior parte delle canzoni sono state registrate in studio con la band al completo tra la fine del 2019 e l’inizio del 2020. Durante i lunghi e lenti giorni della pandemia, O’Brien ha rifinito le canzoni nel suo piccolo studio casalingo a Dublino ed in seguito l’album è stato mixato da?David Wrench?(Frank Ocean, The xx, FKA Twigs).

Coinciding with the announcement, O’Brien has also shared the first song from the forthcoming album,?“The First Day”. It was inspired by a trip to the fabled Another Love Story festival in County Meath – beginning as a snatched electronic doodle, it morphed into a widescreen, lushly cinematic evocation of the joy in human connection.

Watch the video for “The First Day” here.
Stream “The First Day” here.

Director Daniel Brereton says of the video “The whole process was pretty collaborative with Conor. I think we both imagined a floatiness to the video, and obviously the title conjures up a lot of imagery and ideas, ‘The first day of the rest of your life’. What does that look like? How does that feel? We were very lucky to shoot on film and have great casting and styling. Shooting during a pandemic is not easy, so I feel fortunate that we got to make it happen.”

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.”

These are songs with the strange, melted shapes and the magical ambivalence of dreams. The intent of the songs is both mysterious and as clear as a bell. With Fever Dreams, there is a sense of a deepening mastery and an expanding reach by O’Brien. Inspiration for the album was found in many places and came in from all angles, from 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.

Written over the course of two years, the main bodies of the songs were recorded in a series of full-band sessions in late 2019 and early 2020. During 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). Alongside the album announcement, Villagers have confirmed a string of live dates for later this year taking in the UK and Ireland.

Fever Dreams?follows?The Art Of Pretending To Swim,?Darling Arithmetic, {Awayland} and?Becoming A Jackal.?Conor O’Brien?also 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 the BBC/Hulu series Normal People and their Spotify session of “Nothing Arrived” has hit over 165 million streams.

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

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