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Darling Arithmetic is the third album from Villagers, released on 13th April 2015. The follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated - is a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships.

Now three albums in, Villagers is the front for playfulness and seriousness, mystery and revelation, an open-ended and flexible beast that can be anything its creator wants it to be. By going back to the root of songwriting, O’Brien has reinvented himself.

We were kindly invited along to the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on April 16th to catch their live set, here's how we got on....

For those that have never been introduced to Lila Rose before, Lila is more than a musician. Born in Toronto and based in California, Lila Rose is a singer as well as a songwriter lead by her passion for music and her sensitivity towards our natural environment and its creatures.

Recorded live at the Royal Albert HallJake Bugg's debut DVD shouldn't disappoint too many fans. Personally, I would have preferred to have had the small but worthwhile interviews with Jake and the behind-the-scenes footage which are slotted between every couple of songs as 'bonus features' and not part of the main show, but hey, that's not really all that important, we also have a 'forward' button if we just wish to hear the music.

In recent months Rhiannon Gibbons has contributed to a range of collaborations involving some of the best and brightest on the current music scene, notably Elvis CostelloJim James and Marcus Mumford. Whether through her contribution to the T Bone Burnett produced supergroup "The New Basement Tapes" or the show stopping performance in the concert film of "Inside Llewyn Davis", it is clear the Rhiannon Giddens oozes star quality and has one of the best female voices to grace the record business in years.

Marina's 2010 debut 'The Family Jewels' painted her as an offbeat, colourful pop star, loaded with quirks and wry observations. Follow up 'Electra Heart' was a more commercial affair, riding the EDM-pop wave that was dominating the charts. For her third release 'Froot', Marina has combined the best parts of both releases to construct her most intriguing LP to date.


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