Agnes Obel's Citizen of Glass To Be Released October 21, 2016 on Play It Again Sam
Singled out as one of Bob Boilen's favorite artists at SXSW, and the receiver of high praise from director and unabashed fan David Lynch ("She has the most beautiful voice, unique and extraordinary"), Agnes Obel returns with shattering beauty on Citizen of Glass, out October 21, 2016 (Play It Again Sam / [PIAS]).
The new music is absolutely enchanting, with a touch of a bleak but beautiful sadness and an anticipation of something wonderful just around the next corner. But make no mistake...as she weaves her ethereal vocals through dense layers of strings and keys, Agnes Obel also shows herself to be fiercely feminine and deeply powerful.
Citizen Of Glass was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Obel at Aventine-Neukolln and BrandNewMusic-Studios in Berlin. The album will be available as a digital download, CD with lyric booklet, and on 180g black vinyl LP + download code in a gatefold sleeve. The album can be pre-ordered now from agnesobel.com
“The title comes from the German concept of the gläserner berger, the human or glass citizen,” Obel explained. “It’s actually a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, and in health it’s become a term about how much we know about a person’s body or biology or history - if they’re completely made of glass we know everything. There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass. To be willing to open up, use yourself as material, and not just if you’re an artist or a musician.
“I worked with the title from the very beginning to push myself to do new things,” she continues. “I wanted to push myself conceptually from the starting point, to push the glass theme throughout the songs in different ways – in the lyrics, in the instruments - to do things in a very new way. As an album, it feels bigger to me, a lot bigger.”
Established as a major star across Europe, Obel has sold more than a million copies of her first two albums, Philharmonics (2010) and Aventine (2013), and has had over 250 million track streams worldwide. Here in North America, her songs have been featured on Grey's Anatomy (ABC) and Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), The Leftovers (HBO) and Parenthood (NBC). Obel has also received singularly stunning critical praise here in the U.S.:
“[She blends] pop melodies with classical precision and an air of elegance bordering on art songs.”
- Boston Globe
“...absolutely sublime.” - KCRW
“Agnes Obel’s sparse, haunting songs shine brightly…” - Village Voice
“Stunning…mesmerizing…ethereal soundscapes.” - WXPN/The Key
“Agnes Obel’s atmospheric chamber pop held an audience spellbound…” - Seattle Times
“A fully-realized and confident artistic vision from an exciting young voice.”
- WNYC’s “Soundcheck”
Agnes Obel will tour North America in 2017.