Villagers The Villagers' brand of folk acoustic is offset with a bigger band look (there is a full group of six) with Conor O'Brien as the creative lynchpin. He's drawn comparisons with Elliot Smith, yet some tracks like 'Pieces' have the flayed emotion of Radiohead, while others like 'Down' and 'Under The Sea' have a driving percussion to add some ham to the haunches.