Villagers Share Perfectly Pop New Single ‘Summer’s Song’

It's a flugelhorn aided blast of sunshine...

Villagers have achieved many things: sold out venues, acclaimed albums, and multiple Mercury nominations, for example.

But they've never – at least according to Conor O'Brien – written a pure pop song. Until now, seemingly.

New single 'Summer's Song' is a standalone release, and it's a dose of sunshine energy, from its opening notes to that flugelhorn aided chorus.

Dappled in psychedelic textures, it's a blissful, optimistic hymn to sunshine, love, companionship, and happiness, all wrapped around one of Conor O'Brien's most simple, most affecting melodies.

Written and produced by Conor O’Brien and mixed by the legendary Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT), Conor describes the single thus:

"'Summer's Song' is the closest I'll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I'm glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it's fun to play live. I can't quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridmann in on the mix…."

The video – animated by Joe May and illustrated by Patricio Bauzá – is online now. Tune in below.

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