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Agnes Obel Brings Enchanting Music to New York City’s Bowery Ballroom

Agnes Obel
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm

She might call Denmark home, but after her recent show at New York City’s Bowery Balloom last week (Aug. 14), it’s obvious Agnes Obel’s American fans consider her family. A unique blend of music and soul-wrenching vocals created an environment full of beautiful tones that entranced new and old fans alike.

Obel played for a little more than an hour with 12 songs and a few instrumentals. With a simple stage set-up and two musicians backing her, Obel brought her studio albums to life in New York’s gritty Bowery neighborhood.

While the music may lack any reason to jump up and down or crowd surf, there’s something about the Damien Rice-esque musicianship of Obel and company that leaves fans captivated, always wanting more. Add her voice to the mix — imagine Lorde, Adele and Amy Winehouse combined — and she’s produced an experience few other musicians can create.

Obel is coming up on the one-year anniversary of her second studio album, ‘Aventine.’ It’s already certified Gold in Denmark and, if it’s anything like her debut album ‘Philharmonics’ that is five times Platinum in her homeland, she will likely see even more success with it.

Opening for the singer-songwriter were Boston’s Gem Club, another percussion-less trio that focused on hauntingly complex lyrics backed with equally haunting music. The act perfectly laid the groundwork for what was to come with Obel’s performance.

The Danish singer-songwriter is heading back to Europe for a run of shows but will find herself in the states for a few weeks beginning Oct. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. Get all the details on Obel’s whereabouts here. If you get the chance to see her, prepare to open your heart and soul to music that will likely pierce both — and we think that’s a good thing.

Agnes Obel’s second studio record, ‘Aventine,’ is available now via PIAS Recordings. Find it at your local record shop or pick it up here.

Agnes Obel – Bowery Ballroom, New York City

Agnes Obel
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm
Agnes Obel
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm
Agnes Obel
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm
Agnes Obel
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm

Gem Club

Gem Club
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm
Gem Club
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm
Gem Club
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm

Agnes Obel — Setlist, Aug. 14, 2014
Instrumental
‘Fuel to Fire’
‘Aventine’
‘Beast’
‘Philharmonics’
‘On Powdered Ground’
Instrumental
‘Run Cried the Crawling’
‘Dorian’
Instrumental
‘Riverside’
‘Words Are Dead’
‘The Curse’

Encore
‘Pass Them By’
‘Katie Cruel’

Watch Agnes Obel Perform ‘Riverside’ at the Bowery Ballroom

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