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Thursday, February 18, 2010

in these arms

The Swell Season is Glen Hansard (from the Irish band The Frames) and Marketa Irglova (classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist.)

You may remember them from the 2007 low-budget indie movie “Once” in which they starred as struggling musicians who strike up a tentative relationship in Dublin. The pair became a couple in real life, and as the film took off, they toured the world to support the movie and its best-selling soundtrack. In 2008 they won an Academy Award for the film’s gorgeous signature song "Falling Slowly."

Hansard and Irglova have split up amicably, but they maintain a heartfelt professional relationship. Last October they released a luscious gem in the album “Strict Joy.” I recently had the great pleasure of seeing them at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City. It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time.

The video of one of the songs on album, “In These Arms” just came out. It’s beautiful, as is the song. Enjoy it here.


Anonymous said...

Yeah! Swell Season is amazing. I saw them in Phoenix in November! What a concert. I met Glen Hansard after the show, he was so nice!

Love the video too.

Sarah said...

yes, in these arms is my favorite song off of that album. i'm bummed i missed the concert, i bet it was great.