AGNES OBEL – ” Myopia “

Posted: January 18, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel specialises in otherworldly folk, the kind best suited to solo journeys and hours spent alone, creating a fort and shutting the curtains. It’s apt, then, that her next album should be titled ‘Myopia’, meaning nearsightedness. “The albums I’ve worked on have all required that I build a bubble of some kind, in which everything becomes about the album,” she says.“I need to create my own myopia to make music,” Obel adds of an album that sees the avant-folk performer experimenting with obscure instrumentation (cello pizzicato, celesta, luthéal piano) and different production techniques.

“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?”

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.”

Agnes Obel’s single ‘Island Of Doom’ taken from her album ‘Myopia’. the new album now ahead of it’s release on February 21st 2020

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