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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


Portishead - Dummy
For me this album represents the last year in school before going to high school. Everything from this time is bit of a blur, but I do remember this record. Beth Gibbons' voice, the theremin, the production, the words. When this music is on, it's like I step back into this world. This was the time just before most of Copenhagen got renovated and streamlined. We saw the city as our own huge playground, still undiscovered. My brother and I were getting interested in anything that to us seemed counterculture and immersed ourselves in anything we saw as connected to this. The music was mainly punk and hip hop, all classic albums, but none were from our time. We had to make up the connection. In the midst of all this, this new album appeared and it became the soundtrack of those years, connected to this really wonderful sensation of freedom and of Copenhagen as it was back then.