Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel’s sparse, haunting songs shine brightly during her live performances, stripped down to just a piano, some strings, and her soft velvety voice. Her understated debut album Philharmonics, released in 2010, was a multiple award winner and was followed up last year with the bolder, more assured Aventine. The dark beauty of Obel’s music often inspires such descriptors as “gothic” and “brooding,” but there’s a sweetness, too. In fact, Jeni of the currently hip ice cream brand Jeni’s Splendid cited Obel as inspiration for a flavor a couple of years ago.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 13, 2014