A release date has been announced for singer songwriter Glen Hansard's second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble.
The album, the first since 2012's Rhythm & Repose, will release on September 18 via Plateau (Ireland) /Anti- Records (worldwide).
“I feel I’ve really dug deep for these songs, and I’ve been chasing specific ideas asking myself ‘what is it I’m trying to say with this line or idea?’ One would hope that through all of this that you find your voice. And, amazingly, you might find it in the smallest gesture of a song," says Hansard.
The video for the album’s single Winning Streak has also been released (scroll down to watch).
Of the video, director Braden King explains, “Glen and I talked a lot about the way in which every life is a fight, a struggle. No matter who you are. No matter what you do. They’re all different and they all never end.
"For me, the song is about that struggle we all face in our own ways and about who has your back along the way. There is no end to it. We may get momentary rests along the way but they are fleeting. We all have to get up again and get back into the ring.
"And you know, sometimes, those who are the hardest on us are the ones who get us through. The way this turned out, the song kind of became the spirit of this place, the blood running through all these boxers veins”.
The album, produced by Thomas Bartlett and David Odlum, was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.
As lead vocalist/guitarist with The Frames, Oscar-winner Hansard (Best Original Song for Falling Slowly written Markéta Irglová for the Once soundtrack) will this week and next play three sold out shows, two at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin and one at the Marquee, Cork as the band celebrate their 25th anniversary.