Una Mullally

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Villagers – ‘The Waves’

Ahead of their Electric Picnic gig, here’s the new single taken from the upcoming second album by Villagers, ‘The Waves’: I’m into the morse code tone running through it, along with keys that hint at steel drums at the beginning …

Thu, Aug 30, 2012, 10:48

   

Ahead of their Electric Picnic gig, here’s the new single taken from the upcoming second album by Villagers, ‘The Waves’:

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I’m into the morse code tone running through it, along with keys that hint at steel drums at the beginning of the track. Unravelling its style and sentiment as it progresses, from a minimal beep to some almost tropical frivolity, into a jangling acoustic shrug, before scrubbing the whiteboard clean and morphing into an entirely unexpected beast. There’s a quiet urgency throughout, slightly more avant garde than O’Brien’s usual visceral sincerity. “One body’s dying breath is another’s birth”. I always think it’s a sign of bravery and confidence to showcase a lead single that has restrained depths – a flurry of slaps rather than a killer punch – instead of something with an immediate impact. ‘The Waves’ is kind of both, a complex song with the pleasantries of new material mingling with chaos, towards the end utilizing the mechanics of a techno build to descend into a rawk wig out. Like a cliff hanger pointing intriguingly towards the new record, it’s different, exciting and above all, interesting.