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Alternative & Indie - Released June 12, 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 29, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 20, 2013 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2017 | Play It Again Sam

Berlin-dwelling Dane Agnes Obel has been racking up the accolades throughout mainland Europe since her platinum-selling 2011 debut, Philharmonics. With the beguiling Citizen of Glass, her third studio long-player, she looks poised to enchant the rest of the world with her dark charms. A classically trained pianist with an elegant and elastic voice, Obel's melancholic chamber pop invokes names like Goldfrapp, Bat for Lashes, and Anna Calvi, but with a succinct aura of Scandinavian refinery. Where her relatively austere prior outings relied largely on piano and strings, Citizen of Glass revels in ghostly electronics and voice modulation, even going so far as to bring in a temperamental, late-'20s monophonic synthesizer called a Trautonium. The string arrangements are more ambitious and the composition style is a bit more opaque, but the ten-track set is unequivocally Obel-esque. Taking its name from the German concept of the gläserner berger, which translates roughly to the glass citizen, Obel explores the idea of transparency in the overshare-heavy digital age. She also grapples with the death of her father and how those two experiences relate to one another, and the results are both elusive and often incredibly moving. The gothic stateliness of "Trojan Horse" -- think Enya by way of Nick Cave -- the elliptical "Golden Green," and the incredibly seductive single "Familiar," the latter of which sees Obel harmonizing with a pitch-shifted, baritone iteration of her voice, all work on multiple levels, doling out liberal amounts of atmosphere, while remaining remarkably earthbound. Obel's penchant for pairing elements of Elizabethan choral polyphony with millennial angst, not to mention her liberal use of spinet and celeste, would seem pedantic in less skilled hands, but there isn't a single moment on the quietly stunning Citizen of Glass that doesn't feel authentic. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Electronic - Released October 6, 2017 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 26, 2017 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 31, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 12, 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 3, 2017 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 7, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 29, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released June 5, 2016 | Classical Acoustica

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Pop - Released May 21, 2020 | Assent

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Agnes Obel in the magazine
  • The paradox of Agnes Obel's Myopia
    The paradox of Agnes Obel's Myopia With "Myopia", the Danish singer delivers an opus which appears to nevertheless have a clear-cut artistic vision...
  • Obel's Opus
    Obel's Opus What happens when Agnes Obel duets with Agnes Obel…
  • Agnes Obel: Qobuz Interview Video
    Agnes Obel: Qobuz Interview Video With her second album, Agnes Obel once again displays her outstanding talent, playing a wide rage of sophisticated music. Qobuz was lucky enough to conduct an exclusive interview with the Danish Be...