Song of the day: Villagers – That Day

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Video
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Song of today comes courtesy of Conor J. O’Brien‘s Irish creation Villagers. Taken off their Mercury-nominated 2010 debut Becoming A JackalThat Day inspires an acoustic-folky sing-along similar in essence to Mumford & Sons. Enchanting, enlightening, emotional –  I’m a converted Jackal!


Conor’s cereal bowl haircut caused quite a stir on YouTube discussions, which inevitably dissolve into a fully-waged war of verbal volleying.

Villagers are signed to Domino Records, the same London-based label as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and The Kills, amongst others. One characteristic of the neighbourly fivesome is their ability to defy categorisation! Try finding their musical genre on their Wikipedia page. Search me.

Réalisé par Myles O’Reilly, regardez un autre clip pour la chanson The Pact (I’ll be Your Fever) ici. C’est ok Tweek?

  1. rockmelody says:

    Nice one! Pleasant, calm, charming! Love it.

    • thereviewer says:

      His vocals are soft and sentimental, quite like Ezra Koenig’s (Vampire Weekend) don’t you think?

      I am proving myself quite out of date with music, presenting 2010 tunes to the public as if they are new! Villagers are getting a reputation in the city, or so I’m told 😛

      • rockmelody says:

        Yeah, there’s something similar in their vocals in terms of atmosphere. Like this type of vocals a lot 🙂
        Oh well, sometimes we have to remember older songs because having a huge amount of music going towards us all the time, it’s easy to forget about something. Good to remind people about them 😉

  2. thereviewer says:

    Atmosphere mmm good word. Acoustic stuff isn’t always my cup of tea, but when it manifests this beautifully who can argue!?

    That’s the attitude! Perhaps I should look into becoming a DJ… One does have to sift through a lot of rubbish to find the golden song nuggets. Merci rockmels 🙂

  3. iamkaja says:

    There’s something about Villagers that I can’t quite put my finger on. Whatever it is, it makes them so charming, so listenable! To become a Jackal is the best thing anyone could ever do, to be honest 😀

    Oh, and I see nothing wrong whatsoever with Conor’s haircut!

    • thereviewer says:

      Some oaf compared his haircut to that of Joan of Arc, rather amusingly! Beautiful song nevertheless, charming as you say, spot on. Conor has his own style and I, for one, am a fan 🙂

  4. You’re right – speed this up a bit and throw in a banjo, and you’ve got Mumford & Sons. Cool song, though!

  5. Tweek says:

    Et pour la phrase je dirai plutôt “Réalisé par Myles O’Reilly. Vous pouvez aussi regardez un autre clip pour la chanson The Pact (I’ll be Your Fever) ici.”
    But the best of Villagers as video clip is the one for Cecelia
    The animation is so beautiful!

    • thereviewer says:

      Noted, merci beaucoup professeur! 🙂

      I love it when you discover a song by a band you subconsciously already knew and recognise but didn’t associate with them. Casiokids – Fot I Hose, played on a programme over here called Friday Night Dinner, if you’ve heard of it? Got the same feeling on listening to The Pact, definitely sank in some time previously, who knows when or where I heard it 🙂

      Will check out Cecilia, the 30-second preview looks promising. Realise par Adrien Merigeau!

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