Published Jul 08, 2014It's been close to three years since Marketa Irglova delivered her solo debut, Anar, but the Swell Season singer has announced she's just about due to make her return. The artist's sophomore set Muna will hit stores September 23 through Anti-.
A press release notes that Irglova's second full-length offering was written over the course of a year, with the 11-song cycle tracked over a six-month period in Iceland with producer Sturla Mio Thorisson. Apparently the creative experience was a good one, as Irglova now resides in the Scandinavian country.
As for the musicianship, Muna features 27 additional performers, from string sections and choirs, to Iranian vocalist Aida Shahghasemi and Irglova's sister Zuzi. The album's lyrical theme is said to "take solace from the smallness of individual concerns when contrasted with the scale of the universe," while the project also took influence from Jesus Christ Superstar and writer Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations With God.
"I believe God speaks through us in many ways, beginning with simple acts of kindness and ending with pieces of art that inspire millions for generations," Irglova said in a statement of the spiritual set. "All that matters is to try and get in touch with that part of ourselves and trust that which comes forth. I tried to that with this record."
Muna's gentle first single "This Right Here" can be streamed down below, where you'll also find info on an upcoming North American fall tour.
10/08 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
10/09 Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/10 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/11Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10/12 Philadelphia, PA - The World Café
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
10/24-25 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café