Song #45 of 9999
Title: Falling Slowly
Artist: The Frames
Album: The Cost
Started my day with some coffee, the newspaper and Mumford & Sons. The British band provides good Sunday morning music with well-paced energy and sleepy-eyed ballads. But you already know that because everyone knows Mumford & Sons, right?
So let's travel a couple hundred miles northwest and check out the Irish band that could have been Mumford & Sons if anyone was paying attention. I must admit I had never heard of The Frames until I saw Once, the 2006 movie about a Dublin busker and a Czech immigrant who develop a complicated friendship and begin writing songs together. In the movie, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are unassuming and real and, absent any physical relationship, their musical collaborations mark their most intimate moments. The movie is a favorite and the music is spectacular. Many of the songs had been previously recorded by Hansard's group The Frames and, well, we're back to where we started.
The Frames aren't likely to provide you with the choral harmonies Mumford & Sons favor on their latest record, but their melodies are stronger, Hansard is a better singer and their arrangements are top-notch. I'm pretty sure there's room on your iPod for both. :)