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Villagers Announce New Single, Video and Album

April 20, 2021

Today, Conor O’Brien is pleased to announce Villagers’ fifth studio album ‘Fever Dreams’ which will be released on August 20th via Domino. Escapism is a very necessary pursuit right now, and ‘Fever Dreams’ follows it to mesmerising effect. It works like all the best records – it becomes a mode of transport; it picks you up from where you are and sets you down elsewhere. There will be an Irish special format of the album physical version.

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.

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 studio 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.


  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

2021 live dates

Tues 12th October – SWG3, Glasgow

Wed 13th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Fri 15th October – Albert Hall, Manchester

Sat 16th October – SWX, Bristol

Sun 17th October – Junction, Cambridge

Mon 18th October – The Glee Club, Birmingham

Wed 20th October – Chalk, Brighton

Thurs 21st October – Roundhouse, London

Tues 2nd November – Opera House, Cork

Wed 3rd November – Set Theatre, Kilkenny

Thurs 4th November – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick

Fri 5th November – Black Box, Galway

Sun 7th November – Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Sat 11th December – Vicar Street, Dublin


Tickets on sale here from 9am Fri 23rd April.


Fever Dreams is available to pre-order on Dom Mart exclusive coloured vinyl (with one-sided 7” and signed 4 postcard set), indies exclusive coloured vinyl, Dinked Editions exclusive coloured vinyl (with flexi disc), Irish exclusive coloured vinyl, vinyl, CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital The initial press of all vinyl formats features a die cut sleeve with 4 interchangeable album covers. View all the album covers here.


Photo credit – Rich Gilligan


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