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Human Interactions: Agnes Obel's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , October 14th, 2014 12:27

With two UK dates bringing her European tour to a close next week, the Danish singer-songwriter self-pens us a top albums rundown

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I think it was pretty interesting choosing the 13 albums, mainly because it made me think about a lot of different albums and what they meant to me. Lately, I've been interested in music that emphasises the voice, not just as a lead vocal telling a story with words, but as an instrument, telling stories with no words, so it was obvious to mention some of these albums. Also, I wanted to have some records on the list that have been important to me while growing up. People are quick to exchange these albums as the ones that have defined the music you are doing, as if it is something that happens once. History is important but it is not all. I often feel like you make the music you can, with the two hands, the mindset and the voice you've got at the time. There are a lot of limitations, but within these there is a great potential. What I did find really difficult though was the explanations. I realised that some albums, more than others, are part of a personal history and memories that, to me, are pretty much outside of language. I have settled with writing some of the first things that came to mind, being some memories as well as some comments on the music and arrangements; basically the things that make me want to go back and listen to the album again.

Agnes Obel plays All Saints Church in Brighton on October 21 and London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 22; head here for full details. Click on her image below to begin scrolling through Agnes' choices


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Oct 14, 2014 6:12pm

That was a pretty eclectic set of selections (could have down w/o The Doors, but that's just me), an interesting mix of obscure and well-known cuts. Just listening to her Aventine album - mostly piano and voice, but avoiding that Tori Amos thing that one always dreads will happen when the words 'singer songwriter' and 'piano' come together.

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Oct 15, 2014 10:25am

Checked out the Eden Ahbez album, despite the scary cover. Full Moon makes me wanna be a hippy.

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Oct 15, 2014 11:56am

A list including Arvo Pärt, *that* Walker Brothers album, Portishead and Steve Reich is a list where I want to check out the others. The "Baker's Dozen" strand delivers yet again.

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Oct 15, 2014 1:47pm

By the way, the title of the first record is Jazz På Svenska, as it says in big letters on the cover pictured above.

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Ryan Ceron
Oct 16, 2014 10:59pm

Portishead. nice.

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Oct 17, 2014 9:27am

a great selection

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