Yet another good thing hailing from Scandinavian shores: Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. Just like the cover portraiture of her debut album Philharmonics, Obel’s repertoire is evocative and finely wrought, with just a touch of melancholic tragedy.
Now based in Berlin, Obel released Philharmonics in late 2010, an album of solemn, piano-led beauty and fragile lyricism. Obel was awarded the Danish National Radio Talent Prize for Philharmonics, and was also named as one of the winners of the European Border Breakers Awards for 2012. The song ‘Riverside’ (used in the soundtrack for the film Submarino) won the Robert Award for the Best Original Song of the Year 2011, and also had the (somewhat dubious) honour of being featured in an episode of the TV series Grey’s Anatomy.
Watch ‘Riverside’, from Philharmonics:
I’ve got 4 x 2 free tix for Agnes’ concert at Kaufleuten, ZH, Sunday 20.11.11 to give away. Would you like a free ticket? Of course you would!
Just email me or leave a comment with the answer to this simple question:
What is the title of Agnes’ debut album?
Agnes Obel plays @ Kaufleuten, Sunday 20.11.11. Tickets here.
Philharmonics is out now on PIAS Recordings.