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EDITORS’ NOTES

Glen Hansard spent more than 15 years performing his spirit-tugging soul-infused alternative rock with the Frames. Popular in Ireland, the Frames never made the Atlantic crossing. It wasn’t until Hansard’s appearance with Czech songwriter Marketa Irglova in the 2007 film Once that his music reached a worldwide mass audience. The couple, linked romantically, split up at the beginning of 2009, but remained together as a musical unit for Strict Joy. Hansard has always channeled Van Morrison in his raspy soulful strut and “Low Rising” and “Feeling the Pull” are the stronger for it. “In These Arms” recalls the alluring whisper of the Frames’ finest quiet works with the added benefit of the couple’s sweet harmonies. Hansard handles the acoustic lilt of “Paper Cut” himself.  Irglova comes to the front for the piano and string beauty of “Fantasy Man” and the Celtic-folk inspired “I Have Loved You Wrong.” There is no palpable tension between the couple, but sorrow touches many of the songs and the intimacy is undeniable.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Glen Hansard spent more than 15 years performing his spirit-tugging soul-infused alternative rock with the Frames. Popular in Ireland, the Frames never made the Atlantic crossing. It wasn’t until Hansard’s appearance with Czech songwriter Marketa Irglova in the 2007 film Once that his music reached a worldwide mass audience. The couple, linked romantically, split up at the beginning of 2009, but remained together as a musical unit for Strict Joy. Hansard has always channeled Van Morrison in his raspy soulful strut and “Low Rising” and “Feeling the Pull” are the stronger for it. “In These Arms” recalls the alluring whisper of the Frames’ finest quiet works with the added benefit of the couple’s sweet harmonies. Hansard handles the acoustic lilt of “Paper Cut” himself.  Irglova comes to the front for the piano and string beauty of “Fantasy Man” and the Celtic-folk inspired “I Have Loved You Wrong.” There is no palpable tension between the couple, but sorrow touches many of the songs and the intimacy is undeniable.

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About The Swell Season

Formed by the Frames' frontman Glen Hansard and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová, the Swell Season (named after a novel by humanist Czech writer Josef Skvorecky) is a songwriting duo with a penchant for vocal harmonies and acoustic-based songcraft. The pop/rock twosome released a self-titled debut in 2006, several months before the appearance of the Frames' sixth effort, The Cost. Hansard and Irglová also appeared as working-class immigrants in the popular Irish movie Once, which was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. The following year, the duo received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the film's hit single, "Falling Slowly," and the Swell Season's popularity surged as a result.

Once: Music from the Motion Picture went gold in February 2008, and an accompanying tour saw the group performing to sold-out crowds in multiple countries. Of course, part of the group's appeal was the real-life relationship of its co-founders, which lent a romantic chemistry to the Swell Season's stage show. Hansard and Irglová ultimately split up in January 2009, yet the band continued moving forward with a mature sophomore release, Strict Joy, which appeared later that year. While Hansard and Irglová occasionally work together, the two have devoted most of their time since Strict Joy to solo projects. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson

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