12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Obel’s 2010 award-winning debut, Philharmonics, was a delicate, simply constructed set of songs that evinced the singer/songwriter’s classical training and tasteful restraint. The Danish songwriter’s second full-length album, Aventine, has an even more captivating and hushed intimacy. Much of Aventine floats along with a hazy sense of melancholy, accompanied by Obel’s solo piano or a small chamber ensemble. Songs like “Fuel to Fire” and “The Curse” use the sparest of elements for haunting results. The evocative highlights are many, but “Smoke & Mirrors” is utterly disarming.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Obel’s 2010 award-winning debut, Philharmonics, was a delicate, simply constructed set of songs that evinced the singer/songwriter’s classical training and tasteful restraint. The Danish songwriter’s second full-length album, Aventine, has an even more captivating and hushed intimacy. Much of Aventine floats along with a hazy sense of melancholy, accompanied by Obel’s solo piano or a small chamber ensemble. Songs like “Fuel to Fire” and “The Curse” use the sparest of elements for haunting results. The evocative highlights are many, but “Smoke & Mirrors” is utterly disarming.

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About Agnes Obel

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, born Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel on October 28, 1980, took up the piano at a very young age, honing her craft amidst the strains of Bartok and Chopin emanating from the fingers of her musician mother. She later drew inspiration from the work of Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson, and it was between those two worlds that her own sound began to emerge. Citing influences as diverse as PJ Harvey and Claude DeBussy, and drawing comparisons to the likes Ane Brun, Eva Cassidy, and Joni Mitchell, Obel's 2010 debut, Philharmonics, was written (with the exception of a cover of John Cale's “I Keep a Close Watch”), performed and produced by the artist herself. Pure, austere, and remarkably poised, the pristine mix of instrumentals and atmospheric, melancholy balladry, was both a critical and commercial success, especially in her native Denmark, where the record went double platinum. Composed, produced, arranged, and mixed by Obel herself at Chalk Wood Studios, 2013's impressionistic Aventine was another commercial success, charting in nine countries. For her much anticipated third studio album, 2016's transparency-themed Citizen of Glass, Obel experimented with vintage synthesizers, as well as her own voice, which is at times heavily modulated. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • BORN
    28 October 1980

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