by Kenneth Yu in New Music on Thursday 23 August 2007

Dating or married musician duos are always interesting beasts. Their intertwining affections and chemical reactions make for a potent alchemy of musical magic. Along the same vein of O-era Damien Rice and Lisa Hennigan, Glen Hansard (frontman of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova are the latest lovey-dovey couple with longings expressed in fingerpicked guitars and mourning cellos. With their 2006 debut album, The Swell Season, and a starring and composing role in the indie musical Once, listeners will be swooned by heart-tugging melodies and frozen-in-time harmonies that only two people — utterly in love — can bring.