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Markéta Irglová On World Cafe | January 24, 2012

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Czech musician Markéta Irglová has spent much of her life becoming a darling of the folk and indie-rock scenes. At 13, she began collaborating with Glen Hansard and his band The Frames. In 2006, she continued her work with Hansard, forming The Swell Season, and in the following year the duo co-starred in the film Once. "Falling Slowly," the airy, melodic duet they composed for the movie, won an Oscar for Best Original Song, making Irglová the youngest artist ever to receive that award. Since 2006, Once has undergone a stage adaptation and is playing live in New York, while Irglová showcases her solo talents on Anar, her first solo album.

Soft and wintry with a melancholic quality, Anar isn't so morose as to be heavy, with Irglová's vocals gliding gently over the piano-centric melodies. It doesn't have the volume or intensity of her collaborations with Hansard: In tracks such as "Go Back" and "Crossroads," Irglová demonstrates her songwriting sensibilities with subtle jazz riffs and quiet urgency.

In this World Cafe interview, Irglová discusses the symbolism she incorporated into Anar, as well as her thoughts on the Broadway production of Once and the idea of another album from The Swell Season.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Fanfarlo "Shiny Things" Rooms Filled with Light
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova "Falling Slowly" Once
Death Cab for Cutie "Underneath the Sycamore" Codes and Keys

((Villagers "Twenty-Seven Strangers" Becoming A Jackal))

Marketa Irglova "We Are Good" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Marketa Irglova "For Old Time's Sake" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Marketa Irglova "Go Back" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Arizona "Away" Welcome Back Dear Children))

Ryan Adams "Chains of Love" Ashes & Fire
Elliot Smith "Baby Britain" XO
White Rabbits "Heavy Metal" Milk Famous
The Raconteurs "Steady As She Goes" Broken Boy Solider

((Everest "Rebels In The Roses" Ghost Notes))

Hour 2

Bell X-1 "Velcro" Bloodless Coup
Kevin Kinney "Never Gonna Change" A Good Country Mile
Neil Young "Revolution Blues" On the Beach
Jonathan Wilson "The Way I Feel" Gentle Spirit
Ray LaMontagne "Beg Steal or Borrow" God Willin' And the Creek Don't Rise

((Aloe Blacc "Take Me Back" Good Things))

Mayer Hawthorne "Hooked" How Do You Do
Graham "Parker "Get Started, Start a Fire" The Mona Lisa's Sister
Mark Ronson with Amy Winehouse "Valerie" Version

((Midlake "Bandits" The Trials Of Van Occupanther))

Real Estate "It's Real" Days
REM "Talk About the Passion" Murmur
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling" El Camino
Asie Payton "I Love You" Big Bad Love
The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" EP