Agnes Obel, the Berlin based Danish singer-songwriter today again follows up her recent album Myopia with a further release of a series of five additional instrumental versions of tracks from the album. The tracks include Camera’s Rolling, Broken Sleep, Island of Doom, Myopia and Can’t Be.
These instrumental versions follow on the previous release of a series of four live performance videos filmed during one of her Sold Out shows at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust in January of 2020. These videos included Camera’s Rolling, Island of Doom, Myopia and Won’t You Call Me
For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original producers, song-writers and performing artists in contemporary music. A truly unique and genre defying artist whom crossed the bridge between alternative and classical.
Following the same principles as her previous albums (Philharmonics, Aventine and Citizen Of Glass), Obel created the album as a one-woman project in her own Berlin home studio). She imposed upon herself a 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 Obel conjures throughout the record.
“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.