Villagers to re-record Charlotte Gainsbourg-sung ‘Memoir’ song

Conor O'Brien says he's got lots written for band's second album

Villagers frontman Conor O’Brien has revealed that he will be re-recording ‘Memoir’, a song he originally wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg, for the next Villagers album.

He was speaking to NME at the Ivor Novello awards ceremony in London on Thursday (May 19). The singer/guitarist had been celebrating winning the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for the band’s single ‘Becoming A Jackal’, and he also revealed that he’s written lots of new material for the band’s second album.

He said of ‘Memoir’: “We’re going to steal it back. Before we did this tour I got together with the band and we jammed a version, which we’ve never done before. I’ve always just written the arrangements and given it to my band. It was the first time we’ve just felt an arrangement out and it went really well.”


O’Brien also said that he was constantly demoing new material for the band’s follow up to ‘Becoming A Jackal’, but that it wouldn’t be ready to record until the end of the year. “I’ve got loads of little foetuses which I want to develop into full songs,” he said. “I’m very slow, I’m going to have it finished maybe by the end of the year in terms of writing.”

Villagers are booked to play a series of UK festivals during the summer, including T In The Park, Latitude Festival and Green Man.