If you say the two words “ethereal soundscapes” I, as a longtime Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Julee Cruise, and, yes, Enya fan, I perk up. Even if the music may not exactly perk me up. Just spin me a lush, but not saccharine, dreamscape and let me shut my eyes and get lost in it. That’s what Danish singer Agnes Obel, who released the double-disc “Aventine” last month and plays the Sinclair Monday Nov. 10, does. (You may have heard her music in HBO’s “The Leftovers.”)
She’s just starting in the US, but her album has gone top 10 in five European countries. David “Twin Peaks” Lynch is a fan, and remixed one of the tunes, “Fuel to Fire,” on the deluxe version of “Aventine.” Get a taste of Obel live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJzp2SRs0Ak
All of the “Aventine’s” songs were written, recorded, and produced by Obel, herself, from the beginning of 2012 until late spring 2013. The album consists mainly of Obel on piano and vocals and Anne Müller on cello (Müller also played on Philharmonics and has been a member of the live band since 2009). The album is rich with historical references and shows that Obel would be at home in any era. Obel says, “I was seeing and hearing more and more links in the music to all sorts of genres from different times, also outside of the genres that I normally would think of in relation to my music.”
Perhaps of note, as I – and you I hope – are also fans of the late Roy Orbison: Obel says she was influenced by Roy Orbison when writing “Aventine.” She wanted to see if she could write “love songs,” and felt Orbison’s bittersweet, full of longing, somewhat surreal ’60s loves songs provided the inspiration she needed.
Jennifer Castle opens. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 day of. Starts at 8.
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