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Conor Masterson's film In the Deep Shade is not a definitive career-spanning documentary of The Frames. Nor is it a fly-on-the-wall expose or an us-against-the-world hero saga. It is, simply put, a stark portrait of an extraordinary band, filmed during their 20th anniversary tour.

"I suggested filming at a gig, just to get some footage for fun," says the filmmaker, who has photographed the band since 1998. "Glen had seen a personal art film I had made in Paris and suggested I make a film with them. My initial reaction was sceptical as I had no interest in making a music documentary, but I knew the band was comfortable around me and realised there might be an opportunity to do something."

In the Deep Shade celebrates simplicity. No captions. No flash-cuts. No voiceover. With a photographer's eye, poetic sensibility and painterly aesthetic, Masterson examines the ever-evolving relationship between five musicians who've known each other for many years. That's the story, and in its understated way, it's an uncommon one. To quote Masterson  again; "It's certainly not a conventional documentary that sets up conflict and then resolves it, I'm hoping that it can be seen as a film about a collective whose chief concern is playing music well. I think it's rare to have a collection of high-achieving, talented men who have worked together for this long and are still healthy!"

In the Deep Shade looks wintry and rather beautiful. As for the director's own vision, Masterson opted for a raw and improvisational approach. "I was wary of making something that looked good but had no heart.  We are in an age when we're all a little ADD from an intensely fast internet-orientated world. I tried to make a film that needs to be watched as a film, a film about old friends and their relationships as they make music. I felt if I could make a film that touched on those ideas, that looked good, featuring The Frames' music, then it might be a nice piece of work."

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In The Deep Shade





In The Deep Shade is a new feature length film about The Frames.

Filmmaker Conor Masterson worked closely with the band over an 18 month period beginning on their 20th anniversary tour in 2010.


'The Frames have always been very positive collaborators. I felt this was an opportunity to make a film that could explore their creativity as people and musicians as well as capturing some of their very dynamic and exciting live perfomances in close up.'

The film made it's Irish debut at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on 17 February 2013 and is now showing at a number of select cinemas worldwide.

 

Glen Hansard's debut solo album announced


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DEBUT SOLO ALBUM - RHYTHM AND REPOSE
Release date - 15 JUNE 2012 (Plateau)

Over 20 years in the making, singer songwriter Glen Hansard will release his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Plateau on June 15 (Anti Records for the rest of the world).

Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard’s first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season.

Rhythm and Repose is a result of Hansard’s last year and a half of living in New York City. The album was recorded by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson) and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The National, Antony and the Johnsons). The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings (Bon Iver, Y Music), David Mansfield on slide guitar (Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Tour), Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen touring band) and half of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section. Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi (Marketa Irglova touring band).
In recent months Hansard has been seen in the documentary The Swell Season which has toured the film festival circuit this year, contributed two songs to the blockbuster soundtrack, The Hunger Games, and been active in the promotion of Once, The Musical which successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews, including the New York Times who explains, “what was always wonderful about ‘Once,’ its songs and its staging, has been magnified.”

Hansard is celebrated as the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for The Frames. He garnered a reputation as not only an unparalleled front man, but also for his dedicated following and his grounded, real-life songs. Whether he’s busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or at the Hollywood Bowl, Hansard is always earnest and in-the-moment.

Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. Hansard and Irglová continued the success of Once with the 2009 release Strict Joy under the namesake of The Swell Season.

“Glen Hansard is a gifted, emotive frontman who sings as if he must, with a heart on his sleeve that is constantly throbbing.” —The New York Times

Tracklist
1. You Will Become
2. Maybe Not Tonight
3. Talking with The Wolves
4. High Hope
5. Bird of Sorrow
6. The Storm, It's Coming
7. Love Don't Leave Me Waiting
8. What Are We Gonna Do
9. Races
10. Philander
11. Song of Good Hope

GLEN HANSARD TOUR DATES - SUMMER 2012
06 July – Wiesen – Harvest Of Art Festival
20 July – Sittersdorf – Acoustic Lakeside Festival
24 July – Amsterdam – De Duif
25 July – Amsterdam - Carre Theater – Supporting Eddie Vedder
26 July – Amsterdam - Carre Theater - Supporting Eddie Vedder
28 July – Manchester - O2 Apollo - Supporting Eddie Vedder
30 July – London - HMV Hammersmith - Supporting Eddie Vedder
31 July – London - HMV Hammersmith - Supporting Eddie Vedder
31Aug-2 Sept –Stradbally, Laois – Electric Picnic
 
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