New Villager

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
New Villager's 2011 self-titled debut is a highly addictive, lightly experimental mix of blue-eyed soul and psych-inflected indie-electronic pop. Live, the trio of visual artists/musicians Ross Simonini, Ben Bromley, and Colin Palmer mix dance, visual art, film, writing, and any number of artistic mediums with their music. Its a multi-disciplinary approach that could lead to tepid, not-so-inspired music. On the contrary, this is catchy, heartfelt, and infectious dance-oriented pop/soul that fits well next to such contemporaries as Fires of Rome, Francis & the Lights, MGMT, and others. Further, with various Afro-pop and contemporary pop sounds running through such songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
New Villager's 2011 self-titled debut is a highly addictive, lightly experimental mix of blue-eyed soul and psych-inflected indie-electronic pop. Live, the trio of visual artists/musicians Ross Simonini, Ben Bromley, and Colin Palmer mix dance, visual art, film, writing, and any number of artistic mediums with their music. Its a multi-disciplinary approach that could lead to tepid, not-so-inspired music. On the contrary, this is catchy, heartfelt, and infectious dance-oriented pop/soul that fits well next to such contemporaries as Fires of Rome, Francis & the Lights, MGMT, and others. Further, with various Afro-pop and contemporary pop sounds running through such songs as "Shot Big Horizon," "Rich Doors," and the joyous pop uplift of "Lighthouse," New Villager also brings to mind a kind of an indie-art school version of artists such as Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- who themselves have their origins in the non-musical arts. These are rhythmic keyboard-driven songs with a generous amount of studio wizardry that mix electronic, electric, and acoustic instruments, as well as melodic and soundscape moments, in an organic fashion all the while showcasing the dual vocals -- one falsetto, one more baritone -- of Simonini and Bromley. Conceptual art inclinations aside, this is simply great pop music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Iamsound
  • UPC: 656605787923
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 378,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Over Pass (4:22)
  2. 2 Bad Past Gone Away (4:02)
  3. 3 Light House (4:36)
  4. 4 (How To) Get Back (4:12)
  5. 5 Upholder (3:52)
  6. 6 Shot Big Horixon (4:07)
  7. 7 Say the Code (2:55)
  8. 8 Rich Doors (5:24)
  9. 9 Black Rain (2:42)
  10. 10 Cocoon House (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Villager Primary Artist
Ross Simonini Group Member
Austin Beede Percussion
Ben Bromley Group Member
Collin Palmer Piano
Technical Credits
Larry Lachmann Mastering
Travis Stewart Additional Production
New Villager Composer, Producer
Ben Dickinson Visual Direction
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