“I like lyrics. I also love ar­range­ments, but I love twist­ing the two and mak­ing them work to­gether. That’s my favourite thing in the world”

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What about now? Do you find where you are is where you in­tended to be? “I can’t say I in­tended to be any­where, I just wanted to get bet­ter, to learn ev­ery day. Be­sides, I don’t have any feel­ing that I’ve got­ten some­where.”

In a sense, O’Brien is cor­rect. To date, Vil­lagers have re­leased one four-track EP, Hol­low Kind, signed to Domino Records, and recorded the al­bum Be­com­ing a Jackal. Aside from live shows – at which O’Brien and his band twin­kle like stars at night and rock like gran­ite – there is lit­tle to judge him on. Cer­tainly, the sign­ing to Domino, one of the most ju­di­cious record la­bels around, is a pointer.

“Vil­lagers’ sec­ond-ever show was sup­port­ing (Domino sign­ing) Cass McCombs, and one of the Domino peo­ple was at the show. I think he saw the last two songs, so he had us in his head. And then I guess they just con­tin­ued ask­ing. They came to a cou­ple of shows – we were sup­port­ing Bell X1 in the UK, and we played a Lon­don show at the Scala. A bunch of guys from Domino came to that gig, and that one seemed to be the clincher for them.”

It’s a good fit for you? “It’s slightly old­school in that it helps bands to de­velop rather than want­ing quick-fire hit af­ter hit,” says O’Brien. “We recorded the al­bum and they haven’t come near us, so it seems they have quite a bit of faith in us. You wouldn’t get that

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