Oct 27, 2009

Swell New Music From The Swell Season


The Swell Season just released a new album, Strict Joy today. Okay, let me back up a bit so you can fully grasp just how swell this news is: The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's band, and Strict Joy is their follow-up to Once.
Once
, a simple little movie about two people meeting and falling in love on the streets of Dublin, became an indie phenomenon in 2007, as audiences everywhere responded to the unassuming charm of the two leads, Glen and Marketa, and the beautiful music they made together.
If you haven't seen Once yet, or heard its soundtrack, light a fire under your arse fast and get it Here! (or I guess you could wait to see the Broadway musical version in early 2010).
I won't be waiting for the Broadway musical of Strict Joy; I'm downloading it right now!

On a sidenote, I have my own Once story. Once upon a time I was practically married to Glen Hansard. Okay, not exactly married, but close; a young Glen used to busk outside The Cash shop in my hometown of Ennis, and my friends and I used to stand across the street in our rolled-up-and-buttoned-down school uniforms to appreciate his efforts. Glen had a mad head of hair at the time (like that sported in his role in The Commitments), and I was sporting my own mop of cupid-blocking hair, so we never made eye contact...and never got married. You can tell from his music that the poor fella never quite got over never getting into me.



Strict Joy on Amazon
Tour Dates: TheSwellSeason.com
Romance Fades, Partnership Endures, The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2009

3 comments:

Christiejolu said...

LOL! I love your side note!

Jacinta said...

haha thanks!
Ps. listening to his new album today, and it's great. More heart-on-his sleeve lyrics and heart-ripped-out-of-chest guitar playing.

jenniferpaull said...

OK Jass, now you have to post a picture of you from that time, with the cupid-blocking hair (and preferably uniform)! Great turn of phrase...

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