Glen Hansard (from the album This Wild Wilding on Plateau Records/Anti- Records)
Tapping into his past sonic successes, Glen Hansard uses his recent release, This Wild Wilding, as an audio spinning wheel, the tracks landing on ethereal Folk dreamscapes (“Fool’s Game”), as fragile notes strewn on delicate acoustics (“Threading Water”), stern marches (“Don’t Settle”), slowly unfurling clouds of Celtic-tinted melodies (“Good Life of Song”), and dark, anxious rhythms (“The Closing Door”). Garnering an Oscar over a decade ago for the song he performed (and wrote) for the film, Once, Glen Hansard make music as part of bands before the trophy and entering a solo career, forming The Frames in his native Dublin, Ireland in the early 1990’s and the duo, The Swell Season, which led to his movie work. All the facets of past musical endeavors make their influence felt in the sonic inventiveness of This Wild Wilding.
A Jazz noir in the style of a Tim Buckley song hosts the musical contemplations the carry “Weight of the World” as an effervescent rumble frolics underneath the hopes in “Brother’s Keeper” and a heavy-hearted beat prods and pokes the whispered threats of “I’ll Be You, Be Me”. Glen Hansard makes a musical pastiche of This Wild Wilding, stitching snippets of song together, stating that ‘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’. A revolving rhythm turns the groove in the vaguely mid-eastern tones of “Race to the Bottom” and a flurry of notes sparkle as “Mary” enters This Wild Wilding as Glen Hansard scatters his vision of the future over the free-floating soundscape of “Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now” and exits the album on gently plucked notes and breaths of sound for the tender request in “Leave a Light”.
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