Villagers post album-preview cover ‘Wichita Lineman’ – listen

Conor O'Brien's latest is a live-recorded album, out on Friday (January 8)

Villagers have posted ‘Wichita Lineman’, a cover of the Jimmy Webb track, taken from the soon-to-be-released album ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’

‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ (including ‘Wichita Lineman’) was recorded live at Rak Studios in London, and is out this Friday (January 8) on Domino Records.

It’s described as “an album that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative,” and was recorded alongside Richard Woodcraft, who’s also worked with Radiohead and The Last Shadow Puppets.


Listen to ‘Wichita Lineman’ – also covered by REM, Johnny Cash and Tom Jones – via Villagers’ YouTube channel, below:

While much of the new album will be pre-released material recorded in a new style, it includes a new recording of ‘Memoir’, which O’Brien wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg. ‘Memoir’ can be found on Gainsbourg’s 2011 album ‘Stage Whisper’, but has never before been recorded by Villagers. Every recording on the album is a first or second take, all recorded in a single day in July 2015.

The album will be followed by UK and Ireland tour dates, as follows:

The Everyman, Cork (January 24)
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford (25)
The MAC Theatre, Belfast (26)
Vicar Street, Dublin (28)
Dolan’s, Limerick (30)
The Sage, Gateshead (February 1)
Oran Mor, Glasgow (2)
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (3)
Gorilla, Manchester (5)
Leadmill, Sheffield (6)
Glee Club, Birmingham (7)
O2 Academy 2, Oxford (8)
Komedia, Bath (10)
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (11)
St George’s Church, Brighton (12)
St Mary’s Church, Ashford (13)

‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ will be available on CD, vinyl (including a limited edition green version) and digitally.