Agnes Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter. She recently turned 34 and released her second album at the end of September this year. It was the much anticipated follow up to Philharmonics, which became a gold selling debut in Belgium and platinum in her home country back in 2011.
I absolutely love the new record. I hadn’t actually been aware of her work until I first heard it. It is so deep, rich, and intense. Obel talks about how she “didn’t want to disturb the melody with too many stories”.
She goes on to say “I think that’s a good thing when the one who is listening is feeling it in a different way that the one who creates. We are all listening with different perspectives and I don’t want to impose my subjectivity to the listener.”
If you have been reading this blog for a while then you will know how much I resonate with this idea. There is as much artist in the one who is listening as there is in the one creating; the connection and beauty comes from HOW the art is viewed, heard, or perceived as much if not more than how or what is created.
She also has a belief in making big sounds with as few tools as possible. She talks about developing soundscapes and a range of dynamics with a limited range of instruments. This is something after my own heart and the way I have in fact approached the creation of my new album.
I implore you to check out this record, I’m sure you will love it. Yet another great offering from 2013 to show that the music world is very exciting right now.
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