The interest in Villagers can be benchmarked by the various members of the Dublin music scene that attended the gig in Crawdaddy that was packed like Christmas Eve Mass.
Former member of The Immediate, Conor O'Brien has delivered to us, the curious public, an engagingly dark and romantic music project. Not only does it mark the sheer talent that exists in the world but it also reminds us that there is still some spark and individuality left in Dublin.
Every song makes you say "oh hello" and take notice, particularly his finishing song 'Pieces'. There were utterings that Villagers could be the new Frames which is a danger-zone that they should avoid in this test and trial period. There is a similar pattern to both bands songs wherein they begin on a calm note but build up into a swell of emotion and a loud climax.
However, O'Brien's lyrics are more complex but he ensures that they are not lost on the audience. …