Villagers get electric at Field Day
Irish outfit get folked at Field Day
Chris Swindells - 06 August 2011
Under an overcast sky the Irish lyrical dynamism of Conor O'Brien shines.
Working through Mercury nominated 'Becoming A Jackel' he opens with 'Set The Tigers Free' before capturing the crowds with the album's title track.
Introducing dark piano and brooding melody the pint-sized pop-folk star had little to say but dazzled with atmospheric songs of love-loss and childhood innocence.
'I Saw The Dead' is a dark moment of twee folk brilliance as "there's something we're missing darling." reverberates round the 'Eat Your Own Ears' stage.
Dedicating a new song to the late singer-songwriter Elliot Smith, Villagers man O'Brien urged the crowd who didn't know him to "discover him".
The band went on to introduce another new song 'Rebel' with an electro-folk hook that has all the richness of the debut album's material with a sublime mid-song break-down.
The band finished with 'Ship Of Promises', now a hard hit with fans, it's pulsating rhythm got the strangers to their feet to indulge in the beat.
Mount Kimbie clashed with Villagers on the Laneway Stage and played an electro dub set of post-dubstep instrumental to a packed tent.
Wild Beasts headline Field Day 2011, with The Horrors and Warpaint also due to play.
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