Villagers unveil ‘So Simpatico’ from forthcoming fifth record


Villagers unveils ‘So Simpatico’, the second song from upcoming fifth album Fever Dreams – due August 20 via Domino.

The latest number from Conor O’Brien‘s forthcoming record begins with twinkling glockenspiel and intimate vocals, before swelling to a transformative and mesmerising refrain from O’Brien: “The more I know, the more I care”.

Conor says of ‘So Simpatico’, “It’s a song of devotion; whether to a person, the self, or the art of being, a struggle for authenticity is at its core. We all jammed and recorded an early version with too many words and I took it home and simplified it until it was as pure an expression as possible. It’s a pop song about the essence of love.”

Listen to ‘So Simpatico’ by Villagers on the Super League Official Playlist on Spotify.

On the video for the single, director Rosie Barrett adds, “’So Simpatico’ is a journey of awakening and self-reflection of a sad clown finding love within himself and sparking that zest for life that was lost some time ago. Creating a visual narrative for this beautiful song was a joy as I have been long admiring Conor’s music. I had the pleasure of working with a brilliant cast and crew in the making and I am very excited to see this video out in the world.”

Fever Dreams follows previous records 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.

Additionally, Villagers have announced a run of UK instore shows for August before they head out on their headline Irish and UK tour in autumn. Having already sold out two dates at Dublin’s Vicar Street, a third has been added. 

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