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The Swell Season Announce New Album . ‘Strict Joy’

The Swell Season, the Oscar-winning duo of Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Czech ingénue Marketa Irglova, are putting the finishing touches on ‘Strict
Joy,’ (Oct 23/Plateau (Ireland), Oct 26/Anti (Europe), Oct 27/Anti (N America) & Spunk (Australia), Nov 9/Sony (Korea), Japan to follow later this winter), the follow-up to their beloved, surprise hit 2007 film and gold-certified soundtrack ‘Once.’ The twelve new, original songs on ‘Strict Joy’ were recorded last year and document a time of great change.

‘Strict Joy,’ which borrows its name from a work by Irish poet James Stephens, was co-produced by Hansard and Peter Katis (The National, Interpol), and recorded mostly at Katis’ Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT.  In addition to Hansard and Irglova, the album features Frames members Colm Mac Iomaire (violin), Joe Doyle (bass), Rob Bochnik (guitar), Graham Hopkins (percussion) plus guitarist Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen), pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), percussionist Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo), horn players Steven Bernstein and Clark Gayton from Levon Helm’s band, and others.
 
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‘Strict Joy’ . Standard Edition CD
1. Low Rising
2. Feeling the Pull
3. In These Arms
4. The Rain
5. Fantasy Man
6. Paper Cup
7. High Horses
8. The Verb
9. I Have Loved You Wrong
10. Love That Conquers
11. Two Tongues
12. Back Broke


‘Strict Joy’ . Deluxe Edition 2CD/1DVD (limited)
Disc One – Album
1. Low Rising
2. Feeling the Pull
3. In These Arms
4. The Rain
5. Fantasy Man
6. Paper Cup
7. High Horses
8. The Verb
9. I Have Loved You Wrong
10. Love That Conquers
11. Two Tongues
12. Back Broke

Disc Two – Live from the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
1. All The Way Down
2. Lies
3. This Low
4. Drown Out
5. When Your MInd’s Made Up
6. I Have Loved You Wrong
7. Falling Slowly
8. Leave
9. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops
10. Lay Me Down
11. Once
12. If You Want Me
13. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
14. Fitzcarraldo

Disc Three – One Step Away DVD


‘Strict Joy’ . 2LP (vinyl)
1. Low Rising
2. Feeling the Pull
3. In These Arms
4. The Rain
5. Fantasy Man
6. Paper Cup
7. High Horses
8. The Verb
9. I Have Loved You Wrong
10. Love That Conquers
11. Two Tongues
12. Back Broke
13. Somebody Good (Bonus)


‘Strict Joy’ . Digital Edition (download)
1. Low Rising
2. Feeling the Pull
3. In These Arms
4. The Rain
5. Fantasy Man
6. Paper Cup
7. High Horses
8. The Verb
9. I Have Loved You Wrong
10. Love That Conquers
11. Two Tongues
12. Back Broke
13. Somebody Good (Bonus)
Digital Booklet


‘Strict Joy’ . Deluxe Digital Edition (download)
13 Album Tracks / 19 Live Tracks / 1 Digital Booklet

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


Ordering ‘Strict Joy’
While we encourage everyone to frequent your local record store, ‘Strict Joy’ can also be found at the online mailorder and digital distros linked below (by no means an exhaustive list).

ANTI Store (Worldwide Mailorder)

Amazon (U.S.) (Canada . UK . France . Germany)

Play.com (Europe-wide Mailorder)

Road Records (Irish Mailorder)

Spunk (Australian Mailorder)

iTunes (Worldwide)

Posted: Thursday, July 9th, 2009