Since the first inklings of Conor J. O’ Brien’s new Villagers project was whispered about in the latter part of 2008, that whisper has become a loud swoon thanks to a handful of impressive live shows and a couple of myspace demos. I saw the band support Halves in November and was thoroughly impressed with the songcraft, arrangements and performance. As a result, Villagers featured on the cover of the latest (and digital-only) issue of State with some stunning photography from Rich Gilligan. Now I am pleased to say that Conor has allowed me to debut the studio version of 2 tracks from the 4-track EP, Hollow Kind out February 9th, right here.
‘The Meaning Of the Ritual’ is a little different to the myspace demo version in that the organ is much more understated but the sentiment remains anything but hollow.
Meanwhile, the opening track of the EP, ‘Down Under the Sea’ is smothered in an uneasy menacing atmosphere with strange chords seeking something subterranean.
Incidentally, today is Conor’s birthday. Wish him well. Conor and his fellow Villagers will be touring in February also. Highly recommended.