Irish crooner and former Swell Season frontman Glen Hansard has announced a new covers EP in tribute to late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. mastermind Jason Molina. Entitled It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs of Jason Molina, it’s due out March 17th via Overcoat Recordings.
Hansard’s tribute is a rather fitting one, as he and Molina were good friends who toured together and released a split EP in 2000. In fact, Hansard’s tribute features the same musicians who played on Molina’s landmark 2003 album Magnolia Electric Co., including Jeff Panall, Jennie Benford, Dan Sullivan, and Rob Sullivan.
In a statement, Hansard writes, “Jason Molina was a hero and a friend. I wrote him my first fan letter, I always loved his music and singing these songs is the only way to make sense of losing him.”
To accompany today’s announcement, Hansard has shared his cover of “Being In Love”, originally off Songs: Ohia’s 2000 album The Lioness. In this rendition, Hansard pays reverence to the source material while adding his own guitar-based spin to the powerful, organ-led song. Listen in below.
In 2013, Hansard teamed up with Molina’s formers bandmates to perform the song during a show at Chicago’s Metro.
It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs of Jason Molina Tracklist:
01. Being in Love
02. Hold On, Magnolia
03. Farewell Transmission
05. White Sulfur
Hansard will also be on tour this year. Check his full schedule below.
Glen Hansard 2015 Tour Dates:
02/02 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Theater
02/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater
02/05 – Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Music Hall
02/06 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
02/08 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
02/09 – Charlotte, NC @ The Knight Theater
02/10 – Washington, DC @ The Lincoln Theater
02/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Trinity Cathedral
02/13 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater
02/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
07/04 – Dublin, IE @ The Frames 25th Anniversary Concert
07/11 – Cork, IE @ The Frames 25th Anniversary Concert