After the release of her new full-length Citizen of Glass, Agnes Obel hits the road for a four-week North American tour that kicks off February 28 in Montreal.
Along with Obel’s new release, shehas released a video for “It’s Happening Again” which was created/directed by Alex Bruel Flagstad who has directed several of Obel’s videos, is a kaleidoscopic journey through dimensions of colors, patterns, twinkling lights and other celestial images, all perfect for Obel’s ethereal voice and wistful harmonies.
The title of Obel’s album comes from the German concept of the Gläserner bürger, the “human or glass citizen,” that deals with the individual’s level of privacy. Rooted in today’s overshare-heavy age of social media, Obel has woven this concept, lyrically and musically, into the album’s ten tracks, as they examine the provocative topics of transparency and diminishing privacy, a world of “glass people” who bare all via social media, and the affect that has on us emotionally and creatively.
“I wanted to write about the transparency and the difference between secrets and confession,” said Obel to The Irish Times, who uses social networking platforms solely for work-related topics. “There’s a strong sense these days – these decades, even – that we’re all under surveillance. Secrets can be very good to have and to keep.”
For this tour, Obel will be joined onstage by Charlotte Danhier (cello, loops, vocals, mellotron, drums, uke), Catherine de Blasio (drums, vocals, bass clarinet, percussion), and Kristina Koropecki (cello, loops, vocals, percussion). Fans can expect a set list comprised of songs from Obel’s critically-acclaimed and platinum-selling albums Philharmonics (2010) and Aventine (2013), as well as selections from Citizen of Glass.
Agnes Obel tour dates
28 Montreal en Lumiere – Place Des Arts, Montreal, QC
1 Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, QC
3 Bronson Centre, Ottawa, ON
4 The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
8 The Sinclair, Boston, MA
9 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
11 Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
13 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
15 The Heights Theater, Houston, TX
22 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
24 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
25 Imperial Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
29 The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
30 Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall, Chicago, IL
31 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI