Agnes Obel, Philharmonics

I’ve been addicted to Spotify related artists recommendations lately. I don’t remember what my “source” music was, but I’ve discovered an album I really like and I’d like to share.

The artist is Agnes Obel and the title of the album is Philharmonics. It is really mellow, largely piano-based, singer-songwriter stuff. Her voice is rich and slightly girlish but her songs while sounding simple are lyrically and thematically complex.

Like much of the music I like these days, she layers her own voice in harmonies to add richness to key points of the songs, such as the refrain.

It’s perfect music for a chilly, overcast day in December, when you need to unwind.

From Wikipedia (condensed):

“Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel (born 28 October 1980) is a Danish singer/songwriter. Her first album, Philharmonics, was released by PIAS Recordings on 4 October 2010 in Denmark, Norway, Germany and other European countries. Since June 2011, Philharmonics is certified gold by the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA) for sales of 10,000 units.[3] In November 2011, Agnes Obel wins at the Danish Music Awards five prizes for : Best Album Of The Year, Best Pop Release Of The Year, Best Debut Artist Of The Year, Best Female Artist Of The Year and Best Songwriter Of The Year.

She writes, plays, sings, records and produces all her material herself. “The orchestral or symphonic music never interested me. I always was attracted by simple melodies, almost childish.(…) I put a long time before writing texts because the music seems to tell already a story, to project images.”[5] Her piano is really much more than an instrument : ‘The piano and the singing are two equal things to me – maybe not inseparable but very connected. You can say they are like two equal voices.’ For her : ‘The music is the most obvious means to express what I am, where I am.’ ‘I don’t have the feeling of being motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. I do exactly what I always wanted to do. In fact, I don’t have the feeling to have chosen music. The music chose me.’ About her inspiration : ‘I don’t go out and seek inspiration, I think I get my inspiration from the melody. Sometimes I feel like a melody doesn’t have anything to do with me, but it’s just something that comes, is accumulated from me playing on the piano, and then this little creature just appears.’

Philharmonics has become a critical and commercial success. In March 2011, Obel has appeared for the first time in United States. At the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Agnes Obel has performed all the titles of her album . . .

Philharmonics has become a critical and commercial success. In March 2011, Obel has appeared for the first time in United States. At the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Agnes Obel has performed all the titles of her album.”

(source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Obel)

According to Wikipedia, she is working on another album.  Looking forward to it.

Agnes’ US website:  http://www.agnesobel.com/

Free download on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/agnesobelofficial?sk=app_7146470109

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