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{Awayland}

Villagers

{Awayland}

LabelDomino
VertriebGoodToGo
VÖ-Datum11.1.2013

Conor J. O'Brien ist Villagers. Der einfache Folk wurde ihm schon zu Zeiten seiner Band The Immediate zu langweilig; eine Band, die unlängst als Geheimtipp aus Irland galt. Doch O'Briens Ideen kann nur er persönlich sortieren, orchestrieren und in bzw. auf die Spuren setzen. Das Debütalbum Becoming A Jackal war der erste Beweis für sein außergewöhnliches Songwriting, das sich jeder Eintönigkeit widersetzte und zwischen schönsten Melodien und spröden Einfällen die Kritiker ins Schwärmen versetzte.

Mit {Awayland} geht O'Brien noch einen Schritt weiter: mehr Elektronic, mehr Bläser, mehr Streicherakzente und mehr Wertsetzung auf einen weiteren Ausbau eines faszinierenden Klanggebildes, dass seine Auffassung von Folk und dem Songwritertum widerspiegelt. Dieser Grundlage wird eine Überladung an Sounds zugemutet und dem Zuhörer ein Bandgefüge untergejubelt. Doch der Herr Villagers kennt sein Konzept und lotet dieses in seiner Welt bis zur totalen Verdichtung aus. Dass sich auf {Awayland} die Quantität an Ohrwürmern daraus resultierend in einem überschaubaren Maße hält, nimmt er für seine Auffassung spürbar in Kauf. Verzichten möchte er auf die vorzüglichen Eingängigkeiten von dem spröden und treibenden Earthly Pleasures, dem wunderschönen Nothing Arrived und dem anfangs housigen The Waves dennoch nicht. Der Hörer dankt es ihm mit dem willen zur Endlosschleife und Gedanken versunkenem Mitsummen oder fasziniertem Bewegungsdrang.

Dabei hinterlässt O'Brien lieber einen nachhaltigen Eindruck, in dem er seine Songs epischer und dunkler gestaltet, als er es noch auf seinem Debüt verlauten ließ. Ist das Eis des Hörers gebrochen, erscheinen Songs wie Judgement Call, The Bell, {Awayland} und Passing A Message sukzessive in einem anderen, helleren Licht; da erscheinen die Ideen und die Gabe seines Songwritings immer greifbarer und bewundernswerter und die eingeschobenen, instrumentalen Gimmicks nicht nur als Spielzeug, sondern als bedeutende, unterstützende Effekte mit großer Wirkung.

Dass Conor O'Brien dieses mit entsprechend tiefgründigen Texten unterlegt, ist für diesen Künstler Ehrensache. Schließlich ist der schüchtern wirkende Musiker ein Feingeist, der seine Songs als Gesamtkunstwerk verstehen möchte und sich den Windungen der menschlichen Seele und des Lebens widmet. "I waited for something and something died. I waited for nothing and nothing arrived" (Nothing Arrived). O'Brien selbst kennt das Warten auf die schicksalhafte Begegnung nicht mehr. Er schmiedet Ideen und setzt diese in die Tat um. So wie auf {Awayland}.

 

Tracklist:
  1. My Lighthouse
  2. Earthly Pleasure
  3. The Waves
  4. Judgement Call
  5. Nothing Arrived
  6. The Bell
  7. {Awayland}
  8. Passing A Message
  9. Grateful Song
  10. In A Newfound Land You Are Free
  11. Rhythm Composer
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