5 signed vinyl copies of Villagers '{Awayland}'

5 signed vinyl copies of Villagers '{Awayland}'

A sense of curiosity and wonder shoots through the layers of Villagers’ new album {Awayland} like radiant lightning. "I tried to write everything from the perspective of a newborn baby; given the gift of language, what would he or she say? For a while I thought the record would be called Birth, and the album cover is an image of a little boy looking out to sea, but I think that the album is about reclaiming that sense of curiosity and wonder which we have when we are children and we often lose over the years," says vocalist Conor J.O’Brien.

Spiritual curiosity permeates the whole record, breathing through every note, containing an even greater searching quality than Villagers first record Becoming a Jackal. This is partly because, unlike the previous album, the collection of musicians; O'Brien, Cormac Curran, Danny Snow, James Byrne, and Tommy McLaughlin had a greater sense of collaboration on this record, a record which swells with each listening. In the two and a half years since their last album O'Brien has been nominated for a Mercury Prize, won an Ivor Novello Award, shared the stage with artists like Neil Young, Tindersticks and Fleet Foxes

There is definitely a different kind of movement on {Awayland}, perhaps borne out of the necessary stillness after relentless touring and travelling, an exploration of what O'Brien felt was most important, yet not immediately obvious. Trees, birds, the sea - all recurring images in O'Brien's work that provide a kind of metaphor for living and dying, that sense of soaring otherness, with his own understanding gaining greater depth with this record, buoyed by his acute sense and interest in the natural world - its beauty and instability.

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