Villagers release ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ on 8th January 2016

Villagers – Irish Tour January 2016

Displaying Villagers in RAK Studios, photo credit Niall Cullinane composite lo-res.jpgWhere Have You Been All My Life?, released on 8th January 2016, is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative.

Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from Villagers’ most recent studio album, Darling Arithmetic.

Released in April 2015, Conor O’Brien’s third album under the guise of Villagers was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of Becoming A Jackal (2010) and {Awayland} (2013). This fresh approach was extended on subsequent Villagers tours, where old songs were reinvented to match the new. Then for one day in July 2015, 18 songs were quickly captured and 12 songs chosen for the final album, making it Villagers’ most intense, but satisfying, session to date. These recordings are all first or second takes, and the immediacy of the occasion was part of the magic that day, live and unadorned by overdubs or studio trickery.

The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.

Included in the album is a new recording of ‘Memoir’, which O’Brien wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg; it can be found on her 2011 album Stage Whisper, but has never before been recorded by Villagers until now.

Listen to ‘Memoir’, HERE <http://smarturl.it/MemoirYT&gt; .

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Set the Tigers Free
2. Everything I Am is Yours
3. My Lighthouse
4. Courage
5. That Day
6. The Soul Serene
7. Memoir
8. Hot Scary Summer
9. The Waves
10. Darling Arithmetic
11. So Naive
12. Wichita Lineman

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Fresh off the back of North American tour dates as special guest to Paul Weller and John Grant, today Villagers announce an extensive UK and European tour for January and February 2016, including shows at Vicar Street in Dublin on 28th January and at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on February 11th. Tickets for these shows will go on general sale Friday 23 October.

Villagers’ Conor O’Brien has also been invited to perform again as part of ‘In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited’, which premiered at The Barbican in London in 2014. A landmark live tribute to the songs and music from the legendary filmmaker, David Lynch. More info is available HERE <http://www.raindogprod.com/projets/in-dreams-lynch-revisited/&gt; .

Full live dates are below, with UK & Irish shows in bold. All tickets are available via Villagers official website HERE <http://www.wearevillagers.com/live.html&gt; . Ticket and album bundles also available HERE <http://smarturl.it/AlbumTicketVillagers&gt; .

Villagers Live

In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited:
18 November: Ireland – Dublin – NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

2016
26 January: – Belfast – ‘Out to Lunch Festival’ – The MAC Theatre
28 January: – Dublin – Vicar Street
29 January: – Galway – Black Box
30 January: – Cork – Savoy

(Tix on sale Fri 23rd Oct)

1 February: UK – Newcastle – Gateshead – Sage 2
2 February: UK – Glasgow – Oran Mor Auditorium
3 February: UK – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
5 February: UK – Manchester – Gorilla
6 February: UK – Sheffield – Leadmill
7 February: UK – Birmingham – Glee Club
8 February: UK – Oxford – Academy 2
10 February: UK – Bath – Komedia
11 February: UK – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
12 February: UK – Brighton – St Georges Church
13 February: UK – Ashford – St Mary’s Church
15 February: Belgium – Brussels – Botanique Orangerie
16 February: Holland – Amsterdam – Paradiso Noord
18 February: Holland – Zwolle – Hedon
19 February: Germany – Dusseldorf – Zakk
20 February: Germany – Munich – Strom
22 February: Germany – Berlin – Postbahnhof
23 February: Germany – Frankfurt – Zoom
25 February: France – Paris – La Maroquinerie
26 February: France – Rouen – 106
28 February: France – Nantes – Stereolux

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