Debut solo album from the Swell Season's Glen Hansard due June 19
Glen Hansard, half of the Swell Season and former member of the Frames, has recorded his first solo album and will release it June 19. He starts a brief solo tour the following night in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre.
The album, “Rhythm and Repose,” will be released on the Anti- label, and it’s Hansard’s first album of new material since the Swell Season’s 2009 album “Strictly Joy.” He's been busy, having also put two songs on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack. “Rhythm and Repose” is produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Antony & the Johnsons, the National and Doveman, and features musicians who have played with Bob Dylan, Martha Wainwright, Bon Iver and Y Music.
Hansard is one of the few musicians in history to launch a debut album with an Academy Award already to his credit, an honor he picked up with his Swell Season partner, Marketa Irglova, for their song “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once.” "The Swell Season," a documentary profiling the duo, played the film festival circuit last year and was released on DVD in March.
Hansard has been intimately involved with the recent opening of the Broadway musical version of “Once,” which Times theater critic Charles McNulty lauded for maintaining the low-key charm of the film and resisting the trend in which “Broadway musicals spawned from movies are usually big, brash, bawdy affairs.”
“ ‘Once’ has made a happy Broadway landing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre,” McNulty wrote, noting that the Barnard B. Jacobs Theatre had “converted its stage into an old-fashioned Irish pub to make everyone feel ... relaxed and welcome.”
Hansard's new tour so far consists of just four shows, with the L.A. date to be followed by stops in Telluride, Colo., Chicago and New York City.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Glen Hansard performs at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times