The world lost one of its great songwriters when Jason Molina suddenly passed away in 2013 at the age of 39. For Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, the loss was more personal: Hansard and Molina were friends and occasional collaborators. Now, Hansard is paying tribute to his late friend with a new EP, It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs Of Jason Molina.
Comprised of songs that Molina released both as Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Hansard brought in many of the musicians who originally played with Molina on his album Magnolia Electric Co. (by Songs: Ohia. Admittedly, keeping track of Molina’s discography can be a little confusing at first.)
“Jason Molina was a hero and a friend,” Hansard said in a statement. “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.”
It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs Of Jason Molina comes out on March 17th on Overcoat Recordings. You can listen to one of the EP’s songs, a rendition of Molina’s “Being In Love,” below: