This one is remarkably easy to decide. Somewhere around the start of the year, I was flicking between channels on the television late at night when I stumbled across the start of a movie. The movie began with someone busking in a street with an old guitar, and it was something about that song that I think captured my attention, forcing me to lower the remote control, and continue watching the film.
That film was Once, and that busker was real life musician Glen Hansard, who, along with Markéta Irglová, forms the folk rock duo The Swell Season. Both members are the main characters in the film, which although fictional has similar parallels to their real lives around that time, and they both wrote the entire soundtrack for the album, taking some songs from their debut album released the year prior. Since that film (in 2007), they have also released an album called Strict Joy, and after releasing solo albums over the last year or so they are now apparently planning to work on a new Swell Season album as well.
For a taste of The Swell Season, watch the clip below, a recording of their song When Your Mind’s Made Up which features on their first album and also in the film Once:
I think this might be the first band I’ve discovered from watching a film (if you don’t count the movie This Is Spinal Tap), so I am glad I didn’t change the channel that night.
Have you ever discovered a band through a film?
What’s your favourite band/artist you’ve discovered in the past year?