Conor O’Brien, frontman of Irish folk group Villagers, will release his third studio album Darling Arithmetic on April 10th 2015. 

Following in the wake of its critically acclaimed predecessors Becoming A Jackal and sophomore album {Awayland}Darling Arithmetic is said to encompass ‘the various shades of feeling – desire, obsession, lust, loneliness and confusion, and deeper into philosophical and existential territory, across a cast of lovers, friends, family and even strangers.‘ O’Brien recorded it at his own home, a converted farmhouse loft in Malahide, North of Dublin, using acoustic guitar, piano, Mellotron and brushes — with a subtle, gentle and melodic output.

‘Courage’ is the first single and video to be released off the new album. The track tackles the idea of self-love, growing up and learning, well, to have courage (‘I took a little time to get where I wanted / It took a little time to get free / It took a little time to be honest / It took a little time to be me.’). The clip shows the cherubic O’Brien sitting on an armchair, leg crossed casually and acoustic guitar in hand. The song is delicate and sweet in that way that only Irish folk songs can be.

Darling Arithmetic is set for release on Friday, April 10th 2015 via Domino Records.