Between Two Shores may be Glen Hansard‘s third proper full-length album, but it was actually in the works for some time.
Hansard’s 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose and 2015’s Grammy-nominated Didn’t He Ramble (his foray into solo territory came after more than two decades as the leader of the celebrated Irish band the Frames) elevated his profile, as the hard-working singer/songwriter’s carefully-crafted songs resonated with folks around the world.
This continues with the new album, which was released today via Anti- Records. Its songs are the “culmination of six years of writing and recording,” and in the end it involved a host of musicians accompanying Hansard in the studio:
While the record truly came together in France, Between Two Shores features material captured in New York and Chicago with a revolving cast of musicians. In addition to Blade, the record also features Thomas Bartlett, Brad Albetta and Rob Moose who ap-peared on much of Rhythm and Repose. However it’s Glen’s touring band – Joseph Doyle, Rob Bochnik, Graham Hopkins, Justin Carroll, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney and Curtis Fowlkes – that feature most prominently and take center stage on tracks like the upbeat E Street shuffle of “Roll On Slow” and the Van-tastic “Why Woman.”
Hansard tackles social issues and expresses himself with the type of earnestness you don’t always hear in music today. Gentle horns accompany many of the tracks, too, giving the whole thing an elegant, soulful feel.
Stream Between Two Shores below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
And catch Hansard and his band on the road soon:
19 January – New York, NY – Town Hall*
21 January – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT
10 March – Los Angeles, CA – LA Phil (Disney Concert Hall) *
11 March – Los Angeles, CA – LA Phil (Disney Concert Hall) +
12 March – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
14 March – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
15 March – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
17 March – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
18 March – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
20 March – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
21 March – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
23 March – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
24 March – Washington DC – The Anthem
25 March – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
+ with Los Angeles Philharmonic