||Your Company||Marketa Irglova||4:53||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||We Are Good||Marketa Irglova||5:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Crossroads||Marketa Irglova||5:12||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Wings of Desire||Marketa Irglova||3:47||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Only in Your Head||Marketa Irglova||3:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Divine Timing||Marketa Irglova||3:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Go Back||Marketa Irglova||3:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Let Me Fall in Love||Marketa Irglova||5:33||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||For Old Times' Sake||Marketa Irglova||4:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Last Fall||Marketa Irglova||2:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Dokhtar Goochani||Marketa Irglova||4:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Now You Know||Marketa Irglova||3:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
It’s tempting to look for details about Marketa Irglova’s relationship with her Swell Season bandmate Glen Hansard in the songs on her solo debut, Anar; after all, she gained international fame as Hansard’s romantic partner in the film Once. But searching too hard might detract from the pleasures of this guileless, delicately textured album. Irglova’s solo music brings to mind the piano-centered songs of early Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny, with a bit of Enya’s studio atmospherics. She mostly sings in hushed tones, surrounded by arrangements that dress up her bittersweet melodies in acoustic sounds and soft rhythms. Her lyrics are largely of a piece, offering elegies to wilted love in diary-like language that draws the listener in close. Layered harmonies give luster to “Your Company” and “We Are Good,” while “Go Back” moves to a slow shuffle that leads into soul-pop territory. Though the pervasive mood is melancholy, tracks like “Wings of Desire” and “Let Me Fall in Love” capture a fragile sense of joy.
Marketa makes a successful leap to solo artist from The Swell Season.
I had the opportunity to listen to the entire album streaming online for a week before the release and I must have played it four or five times. I've always enjoyed Marketa's contributions to The Swell Season but sensed she was not being given enough room to expand. I applaud her foray into the solo realm as it has really shown her maturity as a singular artist. Favourite tracks right now include For Old Times' Sake (which I think might bean ode to her former partner Glen Hansard, which makes the lyrics all that more poignant) and Dokhtar Goochani. I found I got from this album what I felt was lacking from Feist's recent release which felt pretty monotonous throughout, whereas Irglova, with the same angelic voice, really pushes all the right chords to create an overall more interesting, layered album.
Really great album
reminds me of a combo of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell and her own beautiful melodies and lyrics
Years Active: '00s, '10s