AGNES OBEL Releases New Single And Video For “Broken Sleep”

For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original artists in contemporary music. Now she has returned with new music, releasing another enchanting single “Broken Sleep” ahead of her highly-anticipated new album Myopia, which will be released February 21 through Blue Note Records in North America, and Deutsche Grammophon in the rest of the world.

“For me Myopia is an album about trust and doubt. Can you trust yourself or not?

Can you trust your own judgments? Can you trust that you will do the right thing?

Can you trust your instincts and what you are feeling? Or are your feelings skewed?”

Following the same principles as with her previous albums (PhilharmonicsAventine and Citizen Of Glass), which she completed as a one-woman project in her own Berlin home studio, Obel has been under self-imposed creative isolation with the removal of all outside influences and distraction in the writing, recording and mixing process. “The albums I’ve worked on have all required that I build a bubble of some kind in which everything becomes about the album.”

“For me the production is intertwined with the lyrics and story behind the songs,” says Obel. This is precisely what makes her music so compelling and the same is true with Myopia. “Paradoxically, for me I need to create my own myopia to make music.” Obel was experimenting with techniques of recording processing, warping and pitching down vocals, strings, piano, celesta and luthéal piano, finding ways to melt these elements together to become one and twisting them in a way that you feel at home within the sound she conjures throughout the record.

The official music video to accompany “Broken Sleep” is also released today. Created by long-term collaborator and partner Alex Brüel Flagstad, the video accompanies the themes within the album perfectly and continuously follows on from the “Island Of Doom” video, which was released in October 2019.

Obel will perform a series of intimate sold-out U.S. shows in New York City and Los Angeles this month followed by a European headline tour beginning in February. Obel will join Dead Can Dance as their special guest across North America in April and May. Ticket information for all shows can be found HERE.

Agnes Obel 2020 Tour Dates 

Jan 16: Brooklyn, NY, National Sawdust SOLD OUT 

Jan 17: Brooklyn, NY, National Sawdust SOLD OUT

Jan 23: Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever SOLD OUT

Jan 24: Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever SOLD OUT 

Feb 21: London, Rough Trade (In-Store Performance) SOLD OUT

Feb 24: Oslo, Sentrum Scene

Feb 25: Stockholm, Gota Lejon

Feb 26: Copenhagen, KB Hallen

Feb 27: Copenhagen, KB Hallen 

Feb 29: Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria SOLD OUT

Mar 01: Mannheim, Capitol SOLD OUT

Mar 02: Hamburg, Laeiszhalle

Mar 04: Vienna, Arena

Mar 05: Zurich, Samsung Hall

Mar 06: Lausanne, Metropole

Mar 09: Prague, Hybernia Theatre SOLD OUT

Mar 11: Groningen, Oosterpoort

Mar 12: Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg SOLD OUT

Mar 13: Tilburg, 013

Mar 15: Warsaw, Progresja SOLD OUT

Mar 16: Berlin, Admiralspalast SOLD OUT

Mar 17: Munich, St Matthaus Kirche SOLD OUT

Mar 19: Nantes, Cite Des Congres SOLD OUT

Mar 20: Paris, Seine Musicale SOLD OUT

Mar 21: Luxembourg, Den Atelier SOLD OUT

Mar 23: Brussels, Cirque Royal SOLD OUT

Mar 25: Bayonne, Theatre Quintaou SOLD OUT

Mar 26: Madrid, Teatro Lara SOLD OUT

Mar 27: Barcelona, Sala Barts

Mar 29: Dublin, Vicar Street

Mar 31: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

Apr 01: Edinburgh, Queens Hall

Apr 02: Glasgow, Academy

Apr 04: Whitley Bay, Playhouse

Apr 05: Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Apr 06: Birmingham, Symphony Hall

Apr 08: Salisbury, City Hall

Apr 09: London, Eventim Apollo

Apr 17: Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 19: Washington, DC, The Anthem (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 21: New York City, NY, Radio City Music Hall (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 23: Montreal, QC, Maison Symphonique

Apr 24: Boston, MA, Boch Center (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 26: Toronto, ON, Meridian Hall (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 28: Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple (with Dead Can Dance)

Apr 29: Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre (with Dead Can Dance)

May 01: Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom (with Dead Can Dance)

May 03: Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre (with Dead Can Dance) SOLD OUT

May 04: Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre (with Dead Can Dance)

May 05: Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater 

May 07: San Francisco, CA, The Masonic (with Dead Can Dance) SOLD OUT 

May 08: Pioneertown, CA, Pappy & Harriet’s

May 09: Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre (with Dead Can Dance) 

May 11: San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre (with Dead Can Dance)

May 12: Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl (with Dead Can Dance) 

May 14: Mexico City, MX, Auditorio Nacional (with Dead Can Dance)

July 29: Freiburg, Zelt Musik Festival 

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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