SONG OF THE DAY Agnes Obel – Poem About Death


“To me, sounds have always been more interesting than words”        Agnes Obel

London’s Late Night Tales (music and stories worth staying up for) invites a mixture of artists to delve deep into their music collections to create the ultimate “late night” selection.  Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel is the latest contributor to feature in LNT’s long-running artist-curated mix series and follows previous ‘selecters’ such as, BadBadNotGood, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, The Flaming Lips, Four Tet, MGMT, Röyksopp, Bonobo, and more!

Influenced by artists such as Roy Orbison and French composers such as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie, Agnes Obel released her first solo album in 2010.  Philharmonics was an instant sensation and went platinum in France and Belgium and quintuple platinum in her native Denmark, where she also won five Danish Music Awards in 2011.  Her follow-up, Aventine was released in late 2013 and was also as greatly received, going platinum in Belgium and gold in Denmark and France.

For her Late Night Tales mix, Obel has carefully chosen a selection of her favourite songs, which also includes some of her own material.  Explaining the process behind her song choices she explains how:  “I was surprised at how much time I ended up spending on this. I collected all the songs together with my partner Alex and we just spent time listening to records, trying to see what would fit together. Some of the music I’ve included here is on mixtapes we made when we were just friends as teenagers. Each one of the tracks produces stories in my head.” 

The first single to be taken from this forthcoming album is Inger Christensen’s Poem About Death, which has been set to original music by Agnes Obel and is exclusive to this mix.  It’s an enticing and curious piece of music offering an insight into Obel’s interpretation of the poem and is now available to download ahead of the albums release on 25th May.  Pre-order the album from here and also check out a lovely live performance I’ve found from Agnes Obel’s 2013 album below:

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