Lout Present: Agnes Obel – 21/10/14
All Saints Church, Hove
Tues 21st October
“The elegance of Agnes and the rare grace of her writings will cause, without any doubts, some strong palpitations in the hearts of the amateurs.” Tom Burgel
In 2010, Agnes Obel’s debut album Philharmonics became a quiet phenomenon, selling almost half a million copies to date. Philharmonics received a gold award in Holland, platinum awards in Belgium and France, and went quintuple platinum in her native state of Denmark, where Agnes won five Danish Music Awards (the Danish Brits) in 2011.
Obel’s second album Aventine is a beautiful record, intriguingly unhurried. A timeless debut is joined by a second album rich in historical references. We see now that Agnes, or rather her music, would be at home in any era – crackling on a fifties jukebox in the diner, soothing the sixties souls at Woodstock, shining like silver spurs in seventies Nashville. The record, though consisting mainly of piano and vocals by Agnes, also features cello, violin, viola, guitar and even harp making it a rich tapestry of sound.
During her 2014 Tour, Obel has started to work on her third album:
“I’m planning to work less with piano, and more with other kinds of old keyboards (…). I’m focusing on it because I’m planning it. I’m trying to find new instruments to work with, so it’s sort of on the research phase and starting to write things.”
Agnes creates her own world, or as she calls it, a bubble or bell jar, to make her music. The voice, of course, is at the heart of everything she does. It stays with us long after the needle has lifted from the record.