VillagersBecoming A Jackal, the debut album from Villagers will be released on May 14th by Domino Records.

Becoming A Jackal, the debut album from Conor J. O’Brien’s Villagers will be released on May 14th by Domino Records on CD, vinyl & digital download. Irish tour dates have been announced for the week following the LP release.

Villagers is the brainchild of Conor J. O’Brien, who has already toured Ireland, the UK and US and opened for Neil Young, Wild Beasts and Cass McCombs amongst others. Becoming a Jackal introduces us to Villagers’ vivid narratives, gripping poetry and melodic depth. Conor J. O’Brien’s clear and distinctive voice weaves a remarkable spell, delivering an album of rare, alarming beauty. From restrained to unleashed, from a whisper to a literal howl, Becoming a Jackal mutates, intrigues and beguiles in equal measure.

The lead single of the same name will be available on 7” from Record Store Day (17th April) and via digital download from 26th April.

The video for Becoming A Jackal was directed by Ferry Gouw:

Villagers (as Conor solo) will be performing at the Canadian Music Fest this week before heading on down to SXSW next week. Villagers (in full band mode) support Wild Beasts in Ireland at the end of the month, before heading out for their own headline Irish shows in May.

Tour dates are as follows:
25 Mar Roisin Dubh (supporting Wild Beasts) Galway
26 Mar Cyprus Avenue, (supporting Wild Beasts) Cork
27 Mar The Academy, (supporting Wild Beasts) Dublin
19 May Set Theatre, Kilkenny
20 May Cyprus Avenue, Cork
21 May Roisin Dubh, Galway
22 May The Button Factory, Dublin