New release from folk duo Bird Courage
Debut Solo Album by Glen Hansard of Swell Season
Glen Hansard dropped out of school nearly three decades ago to busk on the streets of Dublin, and he’s long since learned how to fill the open air with his voice. He can boom stridently with the brashest belters, while the signature hole in his acoustic guitar — the product of countless pummeling strums — embodies the wear-and-tear of a life lived with outsize emotions. As lead singer of The Frames, Hansard often muses over intense desires and the pursuit of redemption (“I want my life to make more sense,” he sang in 1999’s “Pavement Tune”), and that’s frequently meant bellowing with messianic ferocity [via].