February 7, 2011

Coachella Track of the Day: The Swell Season - "When Your Mind's Made Up"

I first heard of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irkglova after renting the musically inspired film, "Once", which starred the two playing struggling musicians who have a chance meeting where friendship and possibly more is kindled. Even more interesting is real love was brought together between the two.

Originally, writer/director John Carney was to cast actors who could somewhat play music [Cillian Murphy was in mind for Hansard's role] but later thought it would be more authentic to include real musicians who could somewhat act. It was a choice that I along with many others are glad he made.

Their Grammy Award winning song "Falling Slowly" was a huge success and garnered the soundtrack a lot of publicity. But it's this track from the two that left the biggest imprint on me when I finished the film.

The Swell Season will be playing the Saturday of Coachella and should top your list as an act to see if you are into a lighter more folky sound. Recommendations as far as tracks aside from their Grammy winner and this one include "Lies", "Leave", and "Fallen From the Sky". They haven't released an album since 2009's "Strict Joy" which featured lovely track "In These Arms".

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