Awayland – Villagers (Domino)

This is kind of a strange, self-indulgent album but rewarding.  Villagers mix together a lot of different sounds, with indie rock sensibilities, frequent ambient passages and occasional bursts of singer/songwriter sincerity.  The songs change style, texture and intensity often, but it comes across as clever rather than messy.  I found something enjoyable in nearly all of the tracks; to me, “Earthly Pleasure” was the standout.  I highly recommend the album and think it should be considered for rotation.

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