Agnes Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter active since 2009.
"Philharmonics" is her debut album and is reminiscent of early Tori Amos; quietly played piano with an ethereal quality...almost spooky; and her voice has echoes of Enya with a sprinkling of Feist ("Just So").
Agnes keeps the accompaniment simple adding only acoustic instruments: piano, harp, guitar and letting three solo piano works speak for themselves ("Falling and Catching," Louretta," and " Wallflower"). There are 12 tracks of lilting rhythms and fairy-like melodies and harmonies which she wrote, sang, recorded, and produced herself. That's not to say that each track is depressing, rather, each one is a thoughtful and well-crafted piece allowing the listener to enjoy the music for its pure simplicity. In fact, "Avenue" has one of the nicest cello-played bass lines I've heard in a while with a very subtle violin in the background.
There are a few lighter pieces included. "Beast" reminds me of a spring morning with animated birds and animals scurrying about, and "Over the Hill" has the quality of a lone crooner alone on a stage with a spotlight and microphone.
"Philharmonics" is a celebration of a classically-trained musician with a passion for connecting with modern audiences. I look forward to seeing more of Ms. Obel in the future.