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Villagers - Art of Pretending to Swim

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Release Date:09/21/2018;Notes:180gm vinyl LP pressing house in a gatefold sleeve, includes digital download. Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O'Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers' fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim. Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015's Darling Arithmetic, O'Brien's new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers' 2010 debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013's {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centered dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realized Villagers album to date. The album was written, produced, mixed and primarily performed by O'Brien in his Dublin studio.
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