Glen is a very strong character and very clear about what he wants to do, and I think it wouldn't work if anyone wanted to be a leader along with him, you know?Q: What did you think of the Swell Season documentary? A: It was, because I don't really know if it was a completely accurate portrayal of that time in our lives.I'm probably too close to judge it in any unbiased way.
But to me the Swell Season was always a group of people, and the film focuses on Glen and I. It's not something that I would recommend to anyone because it's a sad documentary, ultimately. They have an image in their minds about you that might not have anything to do with how you really were.A: I know what you mean, but at the same time, I wouldn't say that the image people have is wrong. Glen and I still love each other very much and we're always going to love each other. We've been nothing but supportive and encouraging to each other even though our romantic relationship is no longer there. Czech pianist Marketa Irglova and Irish vocalist Glen Hansard are forever preserved on film as the shy, fumbling folkie couple in the 2007 movie "Once." Everyone knows what happens next: Irglova, 23, and Hansard, 41, became a couple in real life, toured the world as members of the band the Swell Season, won an Oscar and fell apart.In the aftermath, Irglova moved to New York City, released a solo album (the lush, lovely "Anar") and married (yes, married) the disc's engineer, Chicago-based Tim Iseler.
In a phone interview, Irglova, who plays Lincoln Hall on Saturday night, talked about her new album, her relationship with Hansard and "The Swell Season," the new, super-depressing documentary about their relationship. I haven't felt like I really needed to be in that role. The Swell Season was taking a break, and I knew that if I wanted to continue making music I would have to create the conditions for myself. I don't think I was ready for it before the time came.Q: This solo album is the first time you've been the boss. I'm perfectly comfortable just taking — I don't need to be in the limelight. When I started doing it, I was like, "OK, I'm up for this." It's been fun, creating my own vision and then manifesting it, following my own gut.It was very empowering, the idea of having a dream and seeing it come true.Q: How do you think it will affect the way you make albums with Swell Season? A: Yes and no, because I don't mind switching back and forth. When we get back together to make another Swell Season record it will be the same as always.I've always seen the Swell Season as a continuation of the Frames, which was Glen's band before I entered into the picture and I was very much grateful for being taken on.I definitely contributed my own songs but I always saw Glen as the leader and I see it continuing that way.