The Swell Season
|The Swell Season|
|Also known as||Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová|
|Genres||Indie folk, folk rock|
|Years active||2005 – 2011 (hiatus)|
|Labels||Plateau, ANTI-, Spunk, Sony|
|Associated acts||The Frames|
The Swell Season is a folk rock duo formed by Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová. "The Swell Season" name is derived from Hansard's favourite novel by Josef Škvorecký from 1975 bearing the same title. Their debut album goes by the same name.
Since their rise to prominence after starring in the 2007 film Once, they increasingly referred to themselves as "The Swell Season" in promotion of their performances until it became the formal name of their collaboration in 2008. (Notably, they still used their separate names when they contributed their cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" to the 2007 soundtrack of I'm Not There.)
From 2007 through 2010, a documentary film was made about Irglova and Hansard called The Swell Season. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2011 to positive reviews.
The self-titled first album came about after Glen and Marketa were approached by the Czech film director Jan Hřebejk while touring in the Czech Republic, and were asked by him to record songs for his upcoming film Beauty in Trouble. It was the first album that Hansard, the singer for The Frames, had released independent of his band.
Some of the tracks on this album have appeared on other recordings - the track "Falling Slowly" and "When Your Mind's Made Up" on The Frames' album The Cost, and "Falling Slowly", "When Your Mind's Made Up", "Lies" and "Leave" on the Once soundtrack.
Spin Magazine's review of Strict Joy gave the album 4 out of 5 stars. "If Glen Hansard's and Markéta Irglová's roles in the hit Irish indie film Once unintentionally wove the tale of their real-life falling in love, their second album as the Swell Season weaves the story of their falling out of it." SPIN.com 
At an August 19, 2010 concert at the Mountain Winery, a concert attendee leapt to his death from the roof of the venue onto the stage. The death was deemed a suicide. The band provided and paid for group counseling sessions for concert attendees who witnessed the event.
In a December 2011 interview in the Huffington Post with Irglová, she revealed that the Swell Season will probably release a third album when Hansard finishes with other commitments.
The pair still occasionally perform together, though not under The Swell Season title.
- "Falling Slowly" (2007)
- "When Your Mind's Made Up" (2007)
- "Falling Slowly" (2008, re-release, #61 Billboard Hot 100)
- "Into the Mystic" (2008, part of "Before the Goldrush", the Teach For America Covers Project)
- "In These Arms" (2009)
- "Low Rising" (2009)
- "Feeling the Pull" (2010)
- "The Swell Season 'Strict Joy' Review". SPIN.com. October 27, 2009.
- Berton, Justin (August 26, 2010). "Apparent suicide at Saratoga concert". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Ragogna, Mike (January 21, 2012). "A Pomegranate & Billy Jack: Conversations with Once's Marketa Irglova and honeyhoney". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2011.