Becoming a Jackal dropped last May, but Villagers are still promoting it hard. Their latest round of touring has taken them by the BBC studios in London and Daytrotter’s barn shack in Rock Island, Illinois. Both occasions found frontman Conor J. O’Brien debuting a new acoustic cover. One selection proves more obvious than the other, but both turn out beautifully.
First, O’Brien covered Take That’s “Back for Good” on BBC’s Live Lounge. “Finally got the eternal urge to sing ‘Back for Good’ out of my system,” he tweeted. “I feel like I’ve just had a colonic.” Don’t worry; this sensitive cover will make you feel anything but. Then earlier today, Daytrotter posted his session with them. It includes a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” that would have fit perfectly with our Five Good Covers set. Download both below.