Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova: Swell 'Season'

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  • "This Low"
  • "The Swell Season"

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova never set out to make a record: The two musicians had toured Europe together on and off, but that was mostly to provide a break from Hansard's long-running main band, The Frames. Then Hansard and Irglova were approached to record a pair of songs for a Czech film — and given four days in the studio, which they spent recording enough material for a full record, complete with the accompaniment of strings.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

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The result is 10 quietly brilliant songs, each built around piano, acoustic guitar, violin, cello and the two headliners' soft, sweet voices. Serious emotion bubbles beneath the melodies: The songs are optimistic in spots, but more often somber or desolate. Named for a work by one of Hansard's favorite Czech authors, The Swell Season is a lovely sleeper — and a must for Frames fans as they await the 2007 release of the Irish band's The Cost.

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