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Villagers On World Cafe

Villagers' Conor O'Brien.
Rich Gilligan
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Villagers' Conor O'Brien.

Recording under the name Villagers, Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien released his debut album, Becoming a Jackal, in 2010. A critically acclaimed Mercury Prize nominee, that record was stripped-down singer-songwriter fare.

But O'Brien changed a bit during the two-plus years leading up to the release of {Awayland}. The songwriter had listened to lots of techno in the interim and approached the new album with Cinemascope ambitions.

O'Brien recently visited the World Cafe studios for a solo performance of songs from the new record, and spoke with David Dye about his love of electronic music and living by the sea.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe ® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.