by Agnes Obel


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Enlisting Berlin-based, Danish-born singer/songwriter Agnes Obel to participate in the popular artist-curated, U.K.-based compilation series Late Night Tales feels a little on the nose, as her austere, brooding, and icy/elegant chamber folk is already the perfect soundtrack for the wee hours of the morning. As expected, Obel has chosen a compelling set of tunes for her turn in the booth, and she wastes little time in setting the tone with Henry Mancini's "Evil Theme," an ominous exercise in pizzicato-heavy, late-'50s cinema-jazz that suggests wisps of smoke rising from ashtrays beaded over with late summer humidity and long trench coats casting shadows on dirty concrete. Everything bleeds into each other like a proper late-shift radio program, adding considerable heft to the already thick atmosphere. Obel ultimately shifts her attention from the '50s and '60s -- the inclusion of the tiki-breezy but undeniably creepy "Eden's Island" by fanciful hippie outlier (and composer of "Nature Boy") Eden Ahbez, provides a sly sonic counterpoint to some of the beatnik gloom -- tapping into everything from oddball electronic pop (Yello's "Great Mission") and diaphonic Eastern European choral music (Bulgarian Folklore Choir's "Pilentze Pee") to Krautrock (Can's "Obscura Primavera") and avant garde-classical (Alfred Schnittke's "Piano Quintet V." Peppered throughout are four of Obel's own pieces, the most engaging of which is a lovely rendering of beloved Danish folk song "Glemmer du.. så husker jeg," that like the rest of the 20-track set, feels like the soundtrack to a David Lynch-sponsored Ayahuasca retreat.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2018
Label: Late Night Tales
UPC: 5060391091549
catalogNumber: 49
Rank: 36572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Agnes Obel   Primary Artist,Piano,Violin,Celeste,Keyboards,Voices
John Corban   Violin
Inger Christensen   Spoken Word
Kristina Koropecki   Cello

Technical Credits

Alfred Schnittke   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Nina Simone   Arranger,Composer
Yello   Producer
Hal Mooney   Producer
Irmin Schmidt   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Boris Blank   Composer
Holger Czukay   Composer
Michael Karoli   Composer
Dieter Meier   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
David Lang   Composer
Ursli Weber   Producer
Jaki Liebezeit   Composer
James de Wolfe   Producer
Waring Cuney   Composer
Roger Webb   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David C. Johnson   Composer
Sibylle Baier   Producer
Quiet Village   Remixing
Lena Platonos   Composer,Producer
Peter Ashworth   Cover Photo
Lee Hazelwood   Composer,Producer
Kai Normann Andersen   Composer
Robert von Bahr   Producer
Arthur Reid   Composer
Agnes Obel   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Arvid Müller   Composer
George Alexander Aberle   Composer
Michelle Gurevich   Composer,Producer
Boris Bank   Arranger

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