Latitude: Agnes Obel review

Latitude Festival at Henham Park. Pic: Ben Kendall/PA Wire Latitude Festival at Henham Park. Pic: Ben Kendall/PA Wire

Saturday, July 19, 2014
5:58 PM

“We are playing instruments that are not supposed to be played at a festival.”

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Agnes Obel’s four-piece band – three strings and Obel herself on piano – may not have been the typical set-up for the BBC Radio 6 Music stage, but the Danish singer-songwriter’s impeccably crafted songs needed nothing else.

Performing tracks from her two albums, Philarmonics and Aventine, the lunchtime crowd were given a blissful experience full of warm strings and towering, looped atmospherics.

Best known track, Riverside, was the example. An aching cello glissando to introduce it, before layers of plucked strings and rhythmic piano chords built to a crescendo.

Elfin and ethereal, she inevitably draws comparisons to the likes of Laura Marling and Kate Bush. What sets her apart are the complex soundscapes she creates with simple elements. They are songs that have a tendency to creep up on you.

Melvin Benn picked Obel as one of his festival highlights, saying she was a “hidden superstar”. More performances like today, and she won’t be hidden for long.

Andrew Fitchett

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT