ALBUM REVIEW: Villagers – That Golden Time | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.05.24






Flexing in an aura of a sun lounge-draped, cocktail-drinking, Vicodin-popping lead character, the new one from Villagers has the feeling of a soundtrack to the next Bret Easton Ellis book about teenage dreams and promiscuous drug use. 

Intentionally distant, and using spaced out minimalism as a main ingredient, That Golden Time mixes the calling-from-the-other-room vocals of Spiritualized with the light, almost 1970’s, pop of Josh Rouse’s 1972 album. Layered in gentle orchestras, as on the outstanding First Responder which feels like a lost track from Ladies and Gentlemen, with the gentle acoustic guitar driven country-pop of I Want What I Don’t Need and You Lucky One, Villagers have created a lovely album which floats above life’s problems in an intentional pop haze.  Excellent.   


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