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The Swell Season

opbmusic | Nov. 18, 2009 12:25 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 12, 2013 11:59 a.m.

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Jeremy Petersen

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The Swell Season in-studio, 10-23-09

Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Bill St. James

Perhaps best known as the singing-songwriting duo from the film Once, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are the real life Swell Season. They joined us in front of a live audience recently on the heels of their second full-length release, Strict Joy, and talked about the effects that the changing nature of their relationship (from platonic to romantic and back again) has had on their music, and how that relates to the idea of the album’s title. We also got their take on the surprise whirlwind success of Once, the music for which won them an Academy Award in 2008.

Video: Saxon Baird

Photos: Jason Quigley

See the full photo set here.

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