The Swell Season 

When scruffy, redheaded Irishman Glen Hansard first harmonized with the frail, wispy-haired Czech pianist Marketa Irglova in 2007's Once, it was obvious these two weren't merely a movie band. Glancing at each other with soft, encouraging smiles, they belted out: "Take this sinking boat and point it home / We've still got time."

As it turns out, the two had already recorded their debut album The Swell Season in 2006, more than a year before the low-budget, filmed-in-three-weeks Once raked in $20 million at box offices worldwide.

After landing best original song at the Oscars for "Falling Slowly" and subsequently falling quickly for each other, the two started touring as The Swell Season. For the pair's second album Strict Joy, they invited producer Peter Katis (The National, Fanfarlo, Interpol) to add his layered touches. The album is at once hushed and lush, aching with an underlying sadness that most likely stems from the pair's breakup. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Hansard describes that sadness as oddly joyful for audiences.

"It's an interesting idea, when you think of the guy with the blues guitar in the bar, who's singing 'I've got no girl, I don't know where I'm going to sleep tonight, I've lost my job.' ... There's something transforming in the idea that you sing about your sadness, and yet there's actually some joy that comes out of that, you know?"

Boise audiences can experience that sad joy on Friday, Nov. 27, when Hansard, Irglova and members of the Frames take over the stage at the Egyptian Theatre.

With Rachael Yamagata, Friday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, brownpapertickets.com.

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