Villagers
That Golden Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
June 4th, 2024 | 7 replies


Release Date: 05/10/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just another bird in a half-lit world

Back in 2021, I gave Villagers’ previous LP Fever Dreams a quite positive review. Even then, though, I’d noted that the two most remarkable aspects of it weren’t the songs per se, but rather the gloriously striking album artwork (perhaps my favorite in recent years) and the wonderful production job (also among the finest in that time span). In comparison, follow-up That Golden Time doesn’t stand out as remarkable in either of those departments, but the tunes themselves are a significant step up. Villagers here cultivate a similarly gentle psych-tinged ambience as the last time around, but the results are more reflective indie folk than dreamy pop. Conor O’Brien’s voice remains easy on the ears, even if it’s unique/unusual in a way difficult to describe. Subtle but catchy melodies are the order of the day, but this is an album built upon the lyricism. Said lyrics have a lot to say, much of it glum, dwelling upon the dark sides of human nature and of modern society, but there’s a certain wry playfulness which both gives the album its own identity - the witty “spending my days cursing disparity, while you make the money and give to charity” from standout “First Responder” comes to mind as an example. That Golden Time is an accessible listen, in the sense that it doesn’t demand much engagement to be pleasant, but repeated exposure will uncover nuances both musical and lyrical, while the ten song tracklist is impressively consistent in quality. Give it a try.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2024


6030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is quite late, but this album's been sticking around on my rotation, so here's a quick writeup

zakalwe
June 4th 2024


39473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’ve been playing this a fair bit as well it is quality.

someone
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2024


6758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Genuinely surprised by how simple this whole thing is, yet has so much variety. Like how varied just guitar and voice can be?

Asura14
June 5th 2024


539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice little review, never heard of these guys, will give it a listen

zakalwe
June 5th 2024


39473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A good starting point this

RogueNine
June 7th 2024


5600 Comments


Oh yeah these are the album cover guys.

Pheromone
June 9th 2024


21490 Comments


lovely review i must check



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