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“[She blends] pop melodies with classical precision and an air of elegance bordering on art songs.”  – Boston Globe
In support of her upcoming North American tour, “Dorian,” from Agnes Obel’s critically-acclaimed second album Aventine (Play It Again Sam/[PIAS] America) goes to radio this week, accompanied by the stunning music video for the song.  
According to one reviewer, “Dorian” is “light and delicate, soaring and a touch wistful, and beautiful enough to inspire belief, even in the least religious.”  Aventine has been certified Platinum in France and Gold in Belgium.
The “Dorian” video clip is comprised of visuals from pioneering filmmaker Maya Deren’s 1958 black and white short “The Very Eye of Night,” that features students from the Metropolitan Ballet Company.  Deren, a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers of the 1940’s and 1950’s avant-garde period. 

Also in conjunction with Obel’s upcoming North American trek, Aventine’s "Pass Them By" will be featured in an upcoming episode of HBO’s new series “The Leftovers,” now boasting eight million viewers across all platforms.  Since its October 2013 release, numerous songs from Aventine have been featured on network TV programs including The CW’s “Reign,” “Star-Crossed,” and “The Originals,” ABC’s “Betrayal,” NBC’s “Parenthood,” and ABC Family’s “Ravenswood,” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

Obel’s North American trek kicks off August 12 in Philadelphia; the full itinerary is below.
12   World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
13   9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
14   Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
30   Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
 1   Park West, Chicago, IL
 2   Opera House, Stoughton, WI
 4   Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, ON
 5   Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, ON
 7   Iron House, Northampton, MA
10   Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
11   Olympia, Montreal, QC
13   Palais Montcalm, Quebec, QC
While Agnes Obel is indeed, a Danish singer/songwriter/musician, the Austin Chronicle noted that she “is far out on the edge of that genre, sculpting ethereal soundscapes that at times float near the classical realm.”   Obel started playing piano when she was about six, and grew up in an unconventional home.  She was raised by a mother who was a brilliant musician and a father who collected exotic musical instruments, and who together filled their family’s home with music, fine art and encouragement.  Obel’s musical influences were varied – Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson, PJ Harvey, Claude DeBussy, Joni Mitchell and Roy Orbison.  She was discovered on MySpace, and her 2011 debut album, Philharmonics, has been certified five-times Platinum in her native Denmark, Platinum in Belgium and France and Gold in Holland, as well as winning her five major awards at the 2011 Danish Music Awards:  Album, Pop Release, Debut Album, Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year.  Aventine, her sophomore release that was released in late 2013, has already been certified Gold in Denmark and won her critical praise throughout Europe, the UK, Canada and now the United States.  Obel lives in Berlin.

“Agnes Obel…set her crystal voice against beautiful arrangements of cello, violin and keyboard.” – NPR
“Agnes Obel’s atmospheric chamber pop held an audience spellbound…”  Seattle Times
“Obel infuses her songs with a deep and resonant melancholy…sparse, somber and filled with gently beguiling melodies.” – The Quietus
“Airy, arty and ever so slightly eerie…”  Toronto Star
“…absolutely sublime.” – KCRW
“…repeated listens unfurls all sorts of wonder.” – Q Magazine



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