Agnes Obel - The critically acclaimed Danish singer-songwriter announces new album Myopia
“For me Myopia is an album about trust and doubt. Can you trust yourself or not? Can you trust your own judgments? Can you trust that you will do the right thing? Can you trust your instincts and what you are feeling? Or are your feelings skewed?” – Obel
For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original artists in contemporary music. Now she has returned with new music, releasing the enchanting single “Island Of Doom”, ahead of the release of her highly anticipated new album Myopia – through Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group’s prestigious Yellow Label, and Blue Note in North America, out on 21 February 2020.
Following the same principles as with her previous albums (Philharmonics, Aventine and Citizen Of Glass), which she completed as a one-woman project in her own Berlin home studio, Obel has been under self-imposed creative isolation with the removal of all outside influences and distraction in the writing, recording and mixing process. “The albums I’ve worked on have all required that I build a bubble of some kind in which everything becomes about the album.”
“For me the production is intertwined with the lyrics and story behind the songs,” says Obel. This is precisely what makes her music so compelling and the same is true with Myopia. “Paradoxically, for me I need to create my own myopia to make music.” Obel was experimenting with techniques of recording processing, warping and pitching down vocals, strings, piano, celesta and lutheal piano, finding ways to melt these elements together to become one and twisting them in a way that you feel at home within the sound she conjures throughout the record.
Pre-order the album exclusively as a limited crystal clear vinyl edition exclusively available on our DG Store. You can also pre-order a limited CD 'Mint Pack' version as well as a standard black vinyl there too.
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Although Obel’s music can often curate a monologue of modern-day dystopian-esque news stories that we are all now subject to, the contents of “Island Of Doom” are much more personal, as she explains: “The song is made up of pitched-down piano and cello pizzicato and vocals, all choirs are pitched down and up… In my experience when someone close to you dies it is simply impossible to comprehend that you can’t ever talk to them or reach them somehow ever again. They are in many ways still alive because in your consciousness nothing has changed, they’re still there with everyone else you know.”
Watch the official music video of “Island Of Doom”, a track from the album, released also as an audio single.
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Created by long-term collaborator and partner Alex Brüel Flagstad, the video perfectly visualises the experience and mystery of Myopia, which can be defined as “the quality of being short-sighted”.
Agnes Obel will be playing across Europe on a headline tour in Spring 2020, and will be joining Dead Can Dance as their special guest across North America in April and May.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now HERE.
Critically acclaimed composer, singer-songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel signs exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon
(f.l.t.r.): Clemens Trautmann (President Deutsche Grammophon), Agnes Obel, Christian Badzura (Director New Repertoire Deutsche Grammophon)
Blue Note to release Obel’s albums in North America
Berlin, February 19, 2018 – Eminent contemporary composer, singer-songwriter, pianist and producer Agnes Obel has signed exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group’s prestigious Yellow Label.
The inspirational Dane has found a new musical home alongside DG’s leading contemporary composers and outstanding international artists such as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Anoushka Shankar. Two iconic labels join forces for the first time as the new partnership sees Obel's North American releases being handled by the renowned Blue Note team under the creative leadership of Blue Note President, Don Was.
In her songs and compositions, Agnes Obel creates her own timeless style, which places her uniquely beyond classification, her releases are milestones of music, both artistically and commercially. She is already a multi-platinum artist and in addition, her tracks having been streamed over 160 million times on Spotify alone. As well as composing, arranging and performing, Obel produces and mixes her own songs, allowing her to remain 100% true to her artistic intentions.
Agnes Obel´s atmospheric songs and cinematic instrumental pieces have featured in critically acclaimed television productions, online TV series and films such as Big Little Lies, Greys Anatomy, The Royals, Pretty Little Liars, The Leftovers and Tin Star.
Agnes Obel: “I am very happy to be working with Deutsche Grammophon and Blue Note, two legendary labels with a huge history. I am really looking forward to this next exciting chapter.”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon: "We are fascinated by Agnes' compositional autonomy and the precision with which she creates and produces her vocal and instrumental soundscapes. With every song and instrumental piece, she opens up small universes, thus reaching a broad audience with sophisticated works. With Agnes we share confidence in the long-term success of artistic excellence and credibility, as well as the intention to inspire many more fans around the world."
Christian Badzura, Director New Repertoire Deutsche Grammophon: "I'm very happy that Agnes is coming to Deutsche Grammophon. As a long-term fan of her music, it's very special to now be working with her. Agnes' musical language, which often moves between dreamy and melancholic, her artistic integrity and her perfected craft have always intrigued me. Her very first album marked her as an internationally-renowned artist. Her mix of credible contemporary classical scores, extraordinary songwriting and her performance qualities add to the exceptional nature and, above all, to the success of her music."
Don Was, President Blue Note: “Agnes is a profoundly imaginative and soulful artist. All of us at Blue Note Records are honored and thrilled about the opportunity to present her music to US audiences. I’m really looking forward to hearing her new music and am certain that whatever she creates next will emanate from an inspired, honest and unique place.”