The Swell Season’s Markéta Irglová is set to release her second solo album, Muna, on September 23rd via ANTI-. The 11-track effort follows 2011’s Anar and was recorded with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson (Björk, Owen Pallet).
According to the singer-songwriter, much of the album draws inspiration from Iceland, where it was recorded over the course of six months and where Irglová now lives with her baby daughter. “Muna”, which is Icelandic for “to remember”, is said to be a recurring theme throughout.
“I had been to Iceland for the first time with the Swell Season,” Irglová said in a press statement. “I fell in love with it then and was sad to leave, although I knew someday something would bring me back. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature, the strong energy coming from the land. There is a harmony, a balance, something that allows for a freer flow of creativity. It is easier to be one with oneself and one with everything and everyone around. This makes for better art, in my opinion.”
Our first taste of Muna comes in the form of “This Right Here”, a lovely and inspiring piano-led number, whose strings recall the Grammy-winning Swell Season hit “Falling Slowly.” Listen in below, followed by the album’s official artwork.
In support of the record, Irglová has lined up a month-long U.S. tour that kicks off in October. Consult her full schedule below.
Markéta Irglová 2014 Tour Dates:
10/08 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Canada Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/10 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The World Cafe
10/13 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
10/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
10/15 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/20 – Vancouver, BC @ St. James Hall
10/21 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
10/22 – Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
10/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe