Villagers + Nico Muhly: Fortunate Child

Set to time-manipulated footage of iconic New York City landmarks shot by Donal Dineen, “Fortunate Child” marks a nuanced and emotive collaboration between Villagers and Nico Muhly. A compositional magnificence bathes the vocals of Villagers’ Conor O’Brien—beginning delicately and building force. O’Brien says the collaborative process was quite intuitive, with the “chord structure and frequencies of Nico’s initial soundscape” allowing him to explore string-of-consciousness lyrics.

Villagers: Hot Scary Summer

Over the past six years, French music publication La Blogothèque has become known around the world for their spontaneous single-shot Take Away Shows. The series sees musicians performing acoustically, often wandering around a picturesque part of Paris. Their latest features Villagers frontman Conor O’Brien performing “Hot Scary Summer” in Chapelle Expiatoire, a chapel dedicated to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Startlingly intimate, yet with grand …