The Swell Season - new album

For everyone that enjoyed the magnificent 2007 soundtrack of the film ONCE (academy award winner), here is a long clip from NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series of Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová, which from time to time referred themselves as The Swell Season.

Ironically, Hansard included a song with the same name in his 2006 album, apparently inspired by Škvorecký novel. Their new album entitled "Strict Joy" is certainly beautiful and follows the textures we heard on the Once soundtrack. As expected, their music touches in a very delicate manner the borders between love, pain, disappointment, friendship and happiness, combining extremely deep lyrics with powerful sounds, making use of Markéta's delicate and precious voice along with raging laments from Hansard.

A romantic album...and a very good one.


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