This could be the last post you see featuring Villagers for some time as Conor O’Brien slowly draws the curtain over a tumultuous 18 months for his band. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly for Arbitus Yarns, this comprehensive 12 minute package captures the group in full flight for their December gig at Vicar Street in December. But as with other videos by the director, we get a sense of what else happened at the gig, how the crowd reacted and so much more: you can almost see the hairs on the backs of necks standing up. Over the course of the video you will hear an absolutely spine-tingling rendition of ‘Down Under The Sea’ (not featured on Becoming A Jackal, but their first release, Hollow Kind) and ‘Ship Of Promises’. I am sure you will agree that it looks and sounds amazing, and a truly sensational way to bid farewell to the troupe until they release some more music.

And if you compare what you see above with a video from Cork’s South By South West festival in August 2009, you’ll see just how much a year-and-a-half on the roads will do for a band.