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Villagers acclaimed new album "The Art of Pretending to Swim, released in September was written, produced, mixed and primarily performed by Conor OBrien in his Dublin studio.

Watch the videos for Fool here and A Trick Of The Light here, both directed by Bob Gallagher.

Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015s Darling Arithmetic, Conor OBriens new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers 2010 album debut "Becoming A Jackal" and 2013s {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-centred dystopian age, "The Art Of Pretending To Swim" is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date.

OBrien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards (the most recent being 2016s Album Award for "Darling Arithmetic"), two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is also a previous winner of Irelands Choice Music Prize.

Additionally, Villagers music recently featured in the high profile HBO drama Big Little Lies, Conor has collaborated with the composer Nico Muhly (that track featuring in the recent Paulo Sorrentino Berlusconi biopic Loro 2) and Villagers Spotify session of Nothing Arrived has hit over 120 million streams.

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