Glen Hansard Announces New Album, Shares New Song “I’ll Be You, Be Me”

This Wild Willing Due Out April 12 via ANTI-

Jan 18, 2019 Photography by Stephan Vanfleteren
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Glen Hansard has announced a new album, This Wild Willing, and shared its first single, "I'll Be You, Be Me." This Wild Willing is due out April 12 via ANTI-. "I'll Be You, Be Me" has a bit more swagger than some Hansard tracks, it has a bit of Leonard Cohen vibe to it as well, as the song swells to include strings and a backing choir at the end. Check out "I'll Be You, Be Me" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as Hansard's upcoming tour dates.

This Wild Willing was "conceived in Paris" and recorded at Black Box studios with producer David Odlum. The album also features 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). Hansard, of course, is also in The Frames and The Swell Season and, alongside Markéta Irglová, won an Academy Award for Best Song for "Falling Slowly" from the film Once that Hansard and Irglová both starred in.

Hansard had this to say about the album in a press release: "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." 

This Wild Willing Tracklist:

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

Glen Hansard Tour Dates:

3/7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Koninklijk Theater Carré
3/8 - Hamburg, Germany - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
3/21 - New York, NY - Michael Dorf Presents The Music of Van Morrison
3/29 - Pelham, TN - PBS Bluegrass Underground Live Tapings at the Caverns
4/9 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
4/10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
4/12 - Derry, United Kingdom - St. Columb's Hall
4/13 - Derry, United Kingdom - St. Columb's Hall
4/15 - London, United Kingdom - Barbican Centre
4/16 - London, United Kingdom - Barbican Centre
4/27 - Paris, France - Casino de Paris
4/29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Koninklijk Theater Carré
4/30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Koninklijk Theater Carré
5/2 - Kobenhavn, Denmark - Amager Bio / BETA
5/4 - Stockholm, Sweden - Skandiascenen
5/6 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
5/8 - Cologne, Germany - Kőlner Philharmonie
5/9 - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany - Alte Oper
5/11 - Brno-žabovřesky, Czech Republic - 5th Anniversary of SONO Centrum
5/13 - Warszawa, Poland - Palladium
5/14 - Warszawa, Poland - Palladium
5/16 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
5/17 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
5/19 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast

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