by Andrew Sacher

photo: Villagers at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Villagers

Folk singer Conor O'Brien is releasing the third Villagers album, Darling Arithmetic, on April 13 via Domino. He recorded and produced the album himself in his home, and the two songs that are out now, "Courage" and "Hot Scary Summer," certainly have the intimacy of a home-recorded album. In comparison to the collaborator-filled Becoming a Jackal (2010) and Awayland (2013), there's only minimal backing on this album from piano, mellotron and brushes, all also played by Conor. If these two singles are anything to go by, it's looking like his most bare-bones album yet. Check them out below.

Most of Villagers' upcoming dates are overseas, but as mentioned he'll be coming over to the US to open Laura Marling's post-SXSW show at Brooklyn's Warsaw on March 23. That's sold out, but two days later you can catch Villagers headlining his own much smaller show at Brooklyn's Union Pool (3/25). Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new songs, album artwork and tracklist, below...

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Villagers

Tracklist:
01. Courage
02. Everything I Am Is Yours
03. Dawning On Me
04. Hot Scary Summer
05. The Soul Serene
06. Darling Arithmetic
07. Little Bigot
08. No One To Blame
09. So Naïve

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Villagers -- 2015 Tour Dates
Mon 23 Mar 2015 Warsaw Brooklyn, NY, US w/ Laura Marling
Wed 25 Mar 2015 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY, US
Sat 11 Apr 2015 Motel Mozaique 2015 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tue 14 Apr 2015 St George's Bristol Bristol, UK
Wed 15 Apr 2015 Falmouth Pavilions Falmouth, UK
Thu 16 Apr 2015 Exeter Phoenix Exeter, UK
Fri 17 Apr 2015 The Old Market Hove, UK
Sun 19 Apr 2015 Epstein Theatre Liverpool, UK
Mon 20 Apr 2015 Haden Freeman Concert Hall RNCM Manchester, UK
Tue 21 Apr 2015 City Varieties Leeds, UK
Thu 23 Apr 2015 Wedgewood Rooms Southsea, UK
Fri 24 Apr 2015 The Gate Cardiff, UK
Sun 26 Apr 2015 The Glee Club Nottingham, UK
Mon 27 Apr 2015 Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh, UK
Tue 28 Apr 2015 Òran Mór Glasgow, UK
Fri 01 May 2015 Barbican Centre London, UK
Mon 04 May 2015 Café de la Danse Paris, France
Tue 05 May 2015 Le Grand Mix Tourcoing, France
Thu 07 May 2015 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Thu 07 May 2015 TivoliVredenburg, Ronda Utrecht, Netherlands
Fri 08 May 2015 De Duif Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat 09 May 2015 Rockhal Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
Sun 10 May 2015 Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg, Germany
Tue 12 May 2015 Kulturkirche Altona Hamburg, Germany
Wed 13 May 2015 Gebaeude 9 Cologne, Germany
Thu 14 May 2015 Babylon Berlin, Germany
Sat 16 May 2015 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sun 17 May 2015 Les Nuits Botanique 2015 Brussels, Belgium
Wed 20 May 2015 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Thu 21 May 2015 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Sat 23 May 2015 Cork Opera House Cork, Ireland
Sun 24 May 2015 Big Top Limerick, Ireland
Mon 25 May 2015 Mandela Hall Belfast, UK