“This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads. Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder.” – Glen Hansard, 2019

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film ‘Once’ will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of a Dublin busker who cut his teeth on the greats – Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen – and followed the path of the troubadour to great effect. But there is another thread running through Hansard’s musicianship; in his decades as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, rock and folk ambitions coexisted with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness.

Today, Hansard announces ‘This Wild Willing’, his fourth full-length album and a collection of songs that follows this second path, where he marries the sonic inventiveness of the best of his work in The Frames with the discipline he’s found as a songwriter and lyricist in his solo career.

Lead track ‘I’ll Be You, Be Me’ finds Hansard weighing the risks of such vulnerability, his restrained vocal masking the fury of the underlying instrumental’s building storm, and to which Hansard advises “on first listen, please turn it up loud in your head phones!”

Listen to ‘I’ll Be You, Be Me’ here

“I’ll be you, be me and I’ll be you/I’ll take your truth, your lies, your secrets,” he sings, negotiating the consuming potential of desire. There is danger here, but it is without rancor or ill-will – the danger of a hare with its belly exposed. There is also a duality in the invitation: the audience is drawn in just as surely as the song’s object to the immersive world conjured by the album.

‘This Wild Willing’ was conceived in Paris and recorded at the French Black Box studios with producer David Odlum and a core group of musicians that includes classically-trained Iranian musicians the Khoshravesh brothers, long-time Hansard associates Joe Doyle (bass) and ROMY (piano, vocals, string arrangements), and Dublin electronic musicians Deasy and Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal). The album is grounded in a spirit of openness to invention and experimentation.

Pre-order ‘This Wild Wiling’

Buy tickets for EU tour here

Full list of European tour dates:

7th March – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré SOLD OUT

8th March – Hamburg, Germany – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg SOLD OUT

9th April – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

10th April – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

12th April – Derry, United Kingdom – St. Columb’s Hall

13th April – Derry, United Kingdom – St. Columb’s Hall SOLD OUT

15th April – London, United Kingdom – Barbican Centre

16th April – London, United Kingdom – Barbican Centre

27th April – Paris, France – Casino de Paris

29th April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré

30th April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré

2nd May – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio / BETA

4th May – Stockholm, Sweden – Skandiascenen

6th May – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal

8th May – Cologne, Germany – Kőlner Philharmonie

9th May – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany – Alte Oper

11th May – Brno-žabovřesky, Czech Republic – 5th Anniversary of SONO Centrum

13th May – Warszawa, Poland – Palladium

14th May – Warszawa, Poland – Palladium

16th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast

17th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast

19th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast

‘This Wild Willing’ Track Listing:

1. I’ll Be You, Be Me

2. Don’t Settle

3. Fools Game

4. Race To The Bottom

5. The Closing Door

6. Brother’s Keeper

7. Mary

8. Threading Water

9. Weight of the World

10. Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now

11. Good Life Of Song

12. Leave A Light

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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