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the swell season chart relationship breakup on new album
July 10, 2009, 8:33 am
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Photography By Conor Masterson +44(0)7930 406 559Third album from ‘Once’ actors out in September 

Moviegoers know them as the struggling musicians from the 2007 indie film ‘Once’ who fall into a relationship that ultimately cannot be sustained, and life it seems is imitating art as the real-life romance between Czech singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová and Frames frontman Glen Hansard, collectively known as The Swell Season, is over. (Who knew that Glen was almost twice Markéta’s age? Not us.) However, the show must go on and the duo are still “good friends” and currently putting the finishing touches to their third album, Strict Joy, to be released through Anti- Records on September 29th.

The album borrows its name from an Irish poet named James Stephens and was co-produced by Glen and Peter Katis (Mates Of State, The Grates). Every member of The Frames chips in bar drummer Johnny Boyle, with additional instrumentation from Leonard Cohen’s guitarist Javier Mas, pianist Thomas Bartlett, Levon Helm’s horn section and others. The album release will coincide with an extensive tour, with dates to be announced soon.

Swell Seasons fans will also be pleased to know (if they didn’t already) that the band’s 2007 world tour was filmed for an upcoming documentary. More news on that when it emerges.


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Strict Joy
01 Low Rising
02 Feeling The Pull
03 In These Arms
04 The Rain
05 Fantasy Man
06 Paper Cup
07 High Horses
08 The Verb
09 I Have Loved You Wrong
10 Love That Conquers
11 Two Tongues
12 Back Broke

Alan Pedder


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