Ireland’s most consistent act Villagers have shared a new four track EP ‘The Sunday Walker’ containing tracks which were recorded during the sessions for Villagers’ fourth album ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ – read our review here.

It is perhaps unsurprising that these songs didn’t make the final cut of ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’, not because of a lack of quality – because they are as beautifully crafted tales of high romance as those that appear on the Choice-nominated record which showcase O’Brien’s arterial voice –  but rather, because they have one foot in both Villagers’ past and present.

Tracks which hark back to the plaintive, arpeggiated singer-songwriter fare which established Conor O’Brien as one of Ireland’s finest ever songwriters, but not yet fully committed to Villagers’ new direction which unfolded on ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’.

Villagers have also shared a video for the EP’s opening gambit, Did You Know?

“The tracks that fell through the cracks; it turns out they had their own story to tell. The Sunday Walker EP is a collection of lost songs as much as it is an emotional arc. Songs of loss and songs of realisation. Songs of empathy and isolation,” says O’Brien, of the surprise release which he teased on social media over the last few days.

Listen to The Sunday Walker EP below. Villagers play four Irish shows this December – ticket info below.


1. Did You Know

2. Sunday Walker

3. Adora Venera

4. Note To Self (For Michael)

The Sunday Walker EP is released on Vinyl on Nov 22nd and available to pre-order on now from Dom Mart.

Villagers Live Dates

Thurs 7th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fri 8th Nov – LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sat 9th Nov – Rolling Stone Park Festival, Rust, Germany

Mon 11th Nov – Zakk, Dusseldorf, Germany

Tues 12th Nov – Strom, Munich, Germany

Wed 13th Nov – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany

Sat 16th Nov – Rolling Stone Beach, Weissenhauser Strand, Germany

Sun 17th Nov – Burgerweehuis, Deventer, Netherlands

Mon 18th Nov – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium

Fri 22 Nov – Super Bock Under Fest, Vigo, Spain

Tues 10th Dec – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Wed 11th Dec – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Fri 13th Dec – Vicar Street, Dublin

Sat 14th Dec – Vicar Street, Dublin

For tickets and other info on Villagers visit here.