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The Swell Season

Formed by the Frames' frontman Glen Hansard and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová, the Swell Season (named after a novel by humanist Czech writer Josef Skvorecky) is a songwriting duo with a penchant for vocal harmonies and acoustic-based songcraft. The pop/rock twosome released a self-titled debut in 2006, several months before the appearance of the Frames' sixth effort, The Cost. Hansard and Irglová also appeared as working-class immigrants in the popular Irish movie Once, which was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. The following year, the duo received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the film's hit single, "Falling Slowly," and the Swell Season's popularity surged as a result.

Once: Music from the Motion Picture went gold in February 2008, and an accompanying tour saw the group performing to sold-out crowds in multiple countries. Of course, part of the group's appeal was the real-life relationship of its co-founders, which lent a romantic chemistry to the Swell Season's stage show. Hansard and Irglová ultimately split up in January 2009, yet the band continued moving forward with a mature sophomore release, Strict Joy, which appeared later that year. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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ertertertert e r t e r t
Love the arrangements , style - great sound and lyrics are deep.
tisalove23
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 Days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're f done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary because it actually works
diggsplumbin g
Sounds like cat stevens.
chrismeeks
I'll second the Broadway show, ONCE, which is fabulous. When I saw it in NY, none of the people around me had heard of the film. Both have a lot of heart--as do Hansard and Irglova.
bradsell5
Love this song, LOVE the Broadway Show. Steve Kazee amazing. SEe this play if you have not already. I want to see it again with new cast.
bradbohlmann 0
I never tire of this song.
Love this song & the movie!
Great song...I LOVED this movie!!
charlesrokos n y
Always the BEST !!!
the best song ever!!
Not only is this one of my favorite songs, it's also from one of the best movies ever!
like like like!
I love this ..
ONCE introduced me to Glen Hansard and I haven't been able to get enough of his music, The Frames and now Irglova and the Swell Season... just phenomenal and well-deserve d recognition after he sang on the streets of Dublin for 20+ years!
fav band ever...
victoriasape r
Ditto about Once, drop what ever you are doing and get it on Netflix, though it is not on streaming. I adore them both
what a beautiful song
jayjaynng
Nothing but the best! They are even better in person. Great communicatio n with the audience, and harmonies that give me goose bumps.
airmailjunk
Their voices are hauntingly beautiful in this song and others I have heard from them. Truly amazing musical artists with great chemistry.
I'd recommend "Once" to those who have not seen it.
nwilcox544
Love, Love, Love, saw the film "Once" and fell in love with this song.
Love this song!
ejandebeur
:-) exponentiall y
afd252
love the Swell Season! just found this band called the wilderness of manitoba that is very similar to them. check them out: http://south e r n s o u l s . c a / t h e w i l d e r n e s s o f m a n i t o b a 2 . h t m l
I've never listened to this before! How beautifully sung!
I remember hearing this beautiful music in the movie..ONCE!
love the harmony
valeriakkiuu t
<3
I don't know if its deserving of an Acadamy award, but it is good
kstein944
love them
love them
rustydad
Saw them last night at the Hollywood Bowl. Amazing...en o u g h said.
And did I forget to mention the fantastic harmony's?
My God, they are spectacular!
I have searched the world over for a sound similar in nature with realistic life story's as my own. Glen Hansard is wonderfully melodic with a seriously haunting style worth it's weight in musical history.
Loved this movie... Check it out guys "Once"
Amazing harmonies that make me weep.
Going to see them next week, can't wait!
Love them they sing from the bottom of their souls and it is truly inspiring and amazingly beautiful!.. .
jaredfiske
What a treat! i was just listening to some pandora this morning, and the swell season's album is available to stream? i've been waiting for this record for a long while, and it sounds beautiful! Glen and Marketa, thanks for following your muse and sharing it with all of us, you guys are amazing.

www.myspace. c o m / f i s k e h e r r e r a
great sunday morning listening
Groovy :)
Different than "Once"...mor e instrumentat i o n and rhythmic variation. It's not as raw and acoustic sounding, but I still LOVE it. Beautiful vocal harmonies and arrangements . Excellent work Glen and Mar!
I must admit, the instant gratificatio n I felt upon hearing this album was not expected.
WOW!
(I know three letters could seem like a ripoff to someone with a need for explanation, but this album is far better felt than discussed.)

If you read this, Glen and Marketa, you've moved me this morning. Thank You.
ive been listening to the frames for years. then i saw once and fell in love with these 2. absolutely love it all.

very very good duo
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