BERLIN (DPA) – Connor O’Brien, the mastermind of the Irish band Project Villagers, has repeatedly proven that the indie pop corset is too narrow for him.
The 37-year-old integrated and delicate lyricist has always been very sweet to songs like folk and electronic bursting sounds like radiohead or soul. From scary stories to political issues, he incorporated a lot into his lessons until his own sensibilities came out.
The new Villagers album “Fever Dreams” is a little different from its predecessor “The Art of Reading to Swim” (2018). Already in the opener, “something big” O’Brien dares to escape the beautiful sound with his drone guitar, weak sound, and slightly curved brass. After that, on “The First Day”, the avant-garde nags seem to run away with him again before the song explodes in a glowing chorus.
The following episodes move on to the interface between desire and fascination for experimentation – through which the hypnotic “Song in Seven”, the symphonic jazz of “Zo Sympatico” and the dream song Ballad is one of the Irish’s best ten-year-old dedicated. It is no coincidence that O’Brien has won numerous awards for his lyrical skills. The conclusion of “Deep in My Heart” is another example of this great quality.
The sixth Villagers album is by no means inferior to the likes of “Becoming a Jackal” (2010) or “Aveland” (2013). Like his US colleague Connor Oberst (Bright Eyes), O’Brien is often compared not only to his youthful appearance and name, but also to the fact that this very attractive musician is constantly evolving in concert. Anyway, the Irish singer-songwriter achieved his goal of creating an “delightful and joyful dream” of an album at his home studio in Dublin during the days of the epidemic.
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