New Villager - New Villager
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  • Band members: Ben Bromley, Ross Simonini
  • Summary: This is the debut album for the pop performance art duo of Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini.
  • Record Label: Iamsound
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic
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  1. Jan 18, 2012
    A highly addictive, lightly experimental mix of blue-eyed soul and psych-inflected indie-electronic pop.
  2. Aug 22, 2011
    There are crisp and slow electro beats, echo-drenched vocals and an absolute well of soul that touches immediately, deeply and profoundly. Whatever these guys think they're doing, the music is heavenly.
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    It's always a pleasure when a concept album can stand on its own without the concept, and that's what NewVillager is--a bunch of fun, carefully crafted songs.
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    Mark Ronson-esque, electro-pop with an R&B soul, and immensely danceable tunefulness. [Jul 2011, p.81]
  5. Aug 22, 2011
    NewVillager have the potential to expertly toe the line between unkempt ambition and childlike fascination, and bridge this unfortunately large gap between big ideas and big audiences in the process. They just aren't quite there yet.
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  1. Apr 14, 2014
    An electrically charged indie band that utilizes a unique new take at the genre, using polar, drowned vocals and a clapping metronome that sends chills to your spine. The singing constantly dips from high to muddied to unnaturally deep, and despite this description sounding eccentric, you feel as if they carry you gently onto the waves of their oddly-spoken ocean. Their rhythmic use of the clapping and bass as the focal source of beat keeping is not only intriguing, but one cannot help but head bob throughout the entire album. New Villager's self entitled album is not just an album that brings a refreshing new take to the shore, but its songs are distinguishable enough that several listens are well in order.

    Listen to "Lighthouse" for an example for the general feel of the album, and prepare for the tide to take you away.