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Myopia

Agnes Obel

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The follow-up to 2017's acclaimed Citizen of Glass, Myopia is the Danish singer/songwriter's fourth full-length effort and the second collection of songs self-produced in her Berlin home studio. Built on the competing themes of trust and doubt, the aptly named Myopia is Agnes Obel's most insular work to date, continuing in the vein of its predecessor with dramatic pitch-tuned vocals and Gothic chamber pop melodies. Obel has been refining her spectral nocturnes for a decade now, and Myopia, with its fever dream vistas and melancholy abyss, doesn't disappoint. The slowed-down vocals that helped make Citizen of Glass feel so otherworldly appear early on, imbuing "Camera's Rolling," "Island of Doom," and "Broken Sleep" with a sort of incorporeal grandeur -- the latter cut, an arm hair-raising, pre-dawn insomnia hymn, bears both tonal and architectural similarities to COG highlight "Familiar." Intimate closer "Won't You Call Me" impresses as well, administering just enough warmth to suggest a thaw might be possible while maintaining the phantasmal vibe of everything that came before. It also serves as an excellent showcase for Obel's fluid voice; part Ella, part Enya, and part Eraserhead's Lady in the Radiator. Obel dabbles in Lynch-ian dream pop on the titular track ("Have you ever been to my myopia/think of a subtle way to let it go"), but for the most part, Myopia traverses the same darkened hallways as its forbearers, searching for light fixtures amidst the impermeable gloom. It's elegant, regal even, yet so immersed in its icy solitude that the listener is often left looking for cracks in the facade instead of common ground.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
Camera's Rolling
00:04:43

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Celesta, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Broken Sleep
00:04:54

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristina Koropecki, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Charlotte Danhier, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Island Of Doom
00:05:28

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristina Koropecki, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Roscian
00:02:16

Agnes Obel, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Myopia
00:05:15

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Computermusic Percussion, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristina Koropecki, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Charlotte Danhier, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Drosera
00:02:27

Agnes Obel, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristina Koropecki, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Can't Be
00:03:25

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Parliament Of Owls
00:02:29

Agnes Obel, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristina Koropecki, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Corban, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Promise Keeper
00:04:29

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Celesta, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Won't You Call Me
00:04:16

Agnes Obel, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Englert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Strange Harvest Limited, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

The follow-up to 2017's acclaimed Citizen of Glass, Myopia is the Danish singer/songwriter's fourth full-length effort and the second collection of songs self-produced in her Berlin home studio. Built on the competing themes of trust and doubt, the aptly named Myopia is Agnes Obel's most insular work to date, continuing in the vein of its predecessor with dramatic pitch-tuned vocals and Gothic chamber pop melodies. Obel has been refining her spectral nocturnes for a decade now, and Myopia, with its fever dream vistas and melancholy abyss, doesn't disappoint. The slowed-down vocals that helped make Citizen of Glass feel so otherworldly appear early on, imbuing "Camera's Rolling," "Island of Doom," and "Broken Sleep" with a sort of incorporeal grandeur -- the latter cut, an arm hair-raising, pre-dawn insomnia hymn, bears both tonal and architectural similarities to COG highlight "Familiar." Intimate closer "Won't You Call Me" impresses as well, administering just enough warmth to suggest a thaw might be possible while maintaining the phantasmal vibe of everything that came before. It also serves as an excellent showcase for Obel's fluid voice; part Ella, part Enya, and part Eraserhead's Lady in the Radiator. Obel dabbles in Lynch-ian dream pop on the titular track ("Have you ever been to my myopia/think of a subtle way to let it go"), but for the most part, Myopia traverses the same darkened hallways as its forbearers, searching for light fixtures amidst the impermeable gloom. It's elegant, regal even, yet so immersed in its icy solitude that the listener is often left looking for cracks in the facade instead of common ground.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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