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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. While Hansard and Irglová occasionally work together, the two have devoted most of their time since Strict Joy to solo projects. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
The Swell Season

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    7 songs

    Late Night Mix

    Late Night Mix
    2 songs


    2 songs

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    1 song

Albums by
The Swell Season

Top Songs by
The Swell Season

  1.   Song
  2.   Low Rising
  3.   Love That Conquers
  4.   Paper Cup
  5.   Fantasy Man
  6.   Feeling the Pull
  7.   Falling Slowly
  8.   In These Arms
  9.   Leave
  10.   Back Broke
  11.   I Have Loved You Wrong
  12.   High Horses
  13.   When Your Minds Made Up
  14.   If You Want Me
  15.   Lies
  16.   What Happens When The Heart Just Stops
  17.   The Moon
  18.   The Swell Season
  19.   Fitzcarraldo
  20.   Alone Apart
  21.   Love That's Bigger
  22.   Gigantic
  23.   Say It to Me Now
  24.   Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
  25.   Go With Happiness
  26.   The Rain
  27.   Two Tongues
  28.   Star Star
  29.   Lay Me Down
  30.   All the Way Down
  31.   This Low
  32.   Drown Out
  33.   The Auld Triangle
  34.   Once
  35.   The Verb
  36.   Sleeping

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