Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playtlist! The Fitting Room album was The Art of Pretending to Swim by Villagers – out now on Domino.

Since their 2010 debut, Villagers’ Conor O’Brien has proven himself a uniquely versatile songwriter and producer, capable of creating moods and evoking emotions rooted in an ever evolving pallet of sounds and genres – never abandoning his folky beginnings, but never afraid to explore other elements of pop and electronica either. The new album, The Art of Pretending To Swim was produced by O’Brien himself in his Dublin studio, and ventures further into new sonic territory. “It’s how I see life; you’re not drowning but you’re not exactly swimming either,” he’s said about the album’s title. “You’re making it all up as you go along. It’s a blind faith.”


–hour 1—

Future Me Hates Me – The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

Landscape – Future Generations – Landscape

Deli Run – Ava Luna – Moon 2

Wide Awake – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

Laura – Sauna Youth – Deaths

Wunnanuthr Time – Sun Parade

Jeannie Becomes a Mom – Caroline Rose – LONER

Numb – Meg Myers

Hypnic Jerks – The Spirit Of The Beehive – Hypnic Jerks

Silly Games – Joyce Manor – Million Dollars to Kill Me

Muted Beatings – Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble

The Underdog – GUM – The Underdog

Candy – Thyla


Total Disaster – Rhett Miller

Raindrop Blue – King Tuff – The Other

–hour 2—

My Boy (Twin Fantasy) – Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

Trip With Lola – The Bright Light Social Hour – Missing Something

Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go – Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt

Phantom / Island – Hearts Hearts – Goods / Gods

All or Nothing – Reuben And The Dark – Arms of a Dream

Easy Strand – Swimming Tapes

Workhorse – All Them Witches – Atw

Do You Love Your Company? – Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party

Someone Else’s Problem – We Were Promised Jetpacks – The More I Sleep the Less I Dream

Tenderness – Laura Gibson – Goners

California – La Luz – Floating Features

It’s Gonna Hurt – Cursive – Vitriola

Life Is Golden – The London Suede – The Blue Hour

Sierra Blanca – Mattew Logan Vasquez – Texas Murder Ballads

–hour 3—

If Not Now When – Aaron Lee Tasjan – Karma For Cheap

A Pearl – Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Íosa – The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is DOing It, So Why Can’t We?

Oh Dear Brother – Howard

I Dreamt We Spoke Again – Death Cab for Cutie – Thank You for Today

Sing to Me – Cumulus – Comfort World


Again – Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

A Trick of the Light – Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

Fool – Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

Vulture – Super City – Sanctuary

All These Kids Are Way Too High – Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures (Part 2)

Go So Wrong – Second Hand King

Carnival – The Sha La Das – Love in the Wind