B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Press)

Play “Just So” to anyone in Germany and they'll tell you it's the music from the Deutsche Telekom television advertisement. Which it is. The kind of exposure many an artist would die for. Well not literally, obviously. Or the kind of publicity an independent spirit might agonize over, venturing into the commercial arena.

I can't help feeling that Agnes Obel is not going to have her feathers ruffled by something, in the greater scheme of things, as inconsequential as a song placement in an ad. Yet is not intriguing how a few bars of music can seep into our consciousness and set us off wondering where they came from?

This facebookish world of ours offers us the illusion of getting to know people we don't really know. Who their friends are and what they like. Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel likes Alfred Erik Lesley Satie and Sonic Youth. Debussy and Dylan. Hitchcock and PJ Harvey. But what people like is not necessarily the same as what he or she is like. Clues, perhaps, but as fans of Hitchcock well know, not every clue leads you where you think it might.

So we focus on the facts. Agnes Obel is from Copenhagen but she lives in Berlin. She studied at the University of Roskilde, a town renowned for a Glastonbury style music festival and home to a marvellous viking ship museum. She possesses the rare gift of a songbird's voice and is about to release her debut album.

Then, like a good detective, we study the photograph. The owl and Agnes. Except their watchful gaze leaves you feeling its they who are looking at us, rather than the other way around. Did you know that an eagle owl's eyes do not move, instead owls can move their heads almost three quarters around without moving their body? Agnes, meanwhile, seriously beautiful, looks a little like Liv Ullmann in Bergman's “Persona,” or Tippi Hedren in self-assured Marnie guise rather than the catatonic figure in The Birds. She appears perfectly balanced alongside the eagle owl, both mutually protective of their proud serenity. A clue staring us in the face, yet conjuring up more questions than answers.




Philharmonics
- 2010-10-18 -



Falling, Catching (Instrumental)
Riverside
Brother Sparrow
Just So
Beast
Louretta (Instrumental)
Avenue
Philharmonics
Close Watch
Wallflower (Instrumental)
Over The Hill
On Powdered Ground


Aventine
- 2013-09-30 -



Chord Left (Instrumental)
Fuel To Fire
Dorian
Aventine
Run Cried And Crawling
Tokka (Instrumental)
The Curse
Pass Them By
Words Are Dead
Fivefold (Instrumental)
Smoke & Mirrors
September Song (Instrumental) [i-tunes Bonus Track]

Citizen of Glass
- 2016-10-21 -



Stretch Your Eyes
Familiar
Red Virgin Soil (Instrumental)
It's Happening Again
Stone
Trojan Horses
Citizen of Glass
Golden Green
Grasshopper (Instrumental)
Mary

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Between The Bars
Katie Cruel
Sons & Daughters
 

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Philharmonics

Riverside

Down by the river by the boats
Where everybody goes to be alone
Where you won't see any rising sun
Down to the river we will run

When by the water we drink to the dregs
Look at the stones on the river bed
I can tell from your eyes
You've never been by the riverside

Down by the water the riverbed
Somebody calls you somebody says
Swim with the current and float away
Down by the river everyday

Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep
And I don't know why I go the way
Down by the riverside

When that old river runs pass your eyes
To wash off the dirt on the riverside
Go to the water so very near
The river will be your eyes and ears

I walk to the borders on my own
To fall in the water just like a stone
Chilled to the marrow in them bones
Why do I go here all alone

Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep
And I don't know why I go the way
Down by the riverside

Brother Sparrow

Voices in the street
Footsteps on the concrete
Guess I hear just every sound
On the ground
From my window view
I know a color blue
That can bite so very hard
The day apart

Picture fresh as water clear
Days have passed without you here
Street lights dancing on the dark
Across the park
Waiting for a word from you
Waiting for a sign or two
Footsteps on the city ground
You know the sound

Brother sparrow
Come tomorrow
To my window
Brother sparrow
Come tomorrow
To my window

Just So

Black turns beat me bright
Turning on the light
Today is gonna be the day
You hear somebody say
We need you right away

Tiptoe over the floor
What are you waiting for
So so and no more
That's all to be, so before

Today is gonna be the day
You hear somebody say
We need you right away

You hear the moments kick and play
The order of the day
Is already in your way

The window shade
The nurse and maid
To let it all just work away
From head to toe
Where shadow grows
Since forever and a day

Quiet moments home,
Where some do you roam
Today is gonna be the day
You hear somebody say
We need you right away

No time for tea or lemonade
Some moments of the day
Were only half awake

Drink a toast to the sun,
To the things that never go
To the break of the day
That is all that I say

Beast

I would know who roars mostly like the beast
Going out to hunt and then back to feast
I consider you, I consider you
I consider you
From your hill of beans I will sit and roar
Thinking to myself
What are you waiting for
I consider you, I consider you
I consider you

Let's go tonight, let the beast run a mile
With the dogs and the cattle, let's go
I know you said it's like a heel to the head
Or a girl in your bed and in your arms

Curiosity you do not know
But with a gang of me you'll be on your toes
I consider you, I consider you
I consider you
For a bit of skirt you do go my way
Singing to the sky, oh like a bird of prey
I consider you, I consider you
I consider you

Let's go tonight, to let the beast run wild
With the dogs and the cattle, let's go
I know you've said, it's like a heel to the head
Or a girl in your bed and your arms
For the butter on your bread, for the dying and the dead
For your cheeks turning red, let's go
Let's go tonight, let the beast run a mile
With the dogs and the cattle, let's go

Avenue

What is wrong at the end of the day
What is really wrong no one dares to say
You know you're when there's only one right
But what is wrong when right is out of sight

Right rode away long ago
Before rescuing wrong from below
I might be mistaken, I know
But hey we need to be somewhat

Foolish, feebleminded
Wrong and senseless
Right rode off long ago
There's nothing more you need to know
There's nothing more you need to show
Let us disagree
'Cause wrong was made, for you to be

What is false when we can't hear no more
And there is nothing to cover for
What is wrong in this old wasted game
May right and wrong be one and the same

Right rode away long ago
Before rescuing wrong from below
I might be mistaken, I know
But hey we need to be somewhat

Foolish, feebleminded
Wrong and senseless
Right rode off long ago
There's nothing more you need to know
There's nothing more you need to show
Let us disagree
‘Cause wrong was made, for you to be

Philharmonics

Guess who died
Last night
In grey stockings
In all might
It was no loss
The only god of mine

He fell down
Just to drown
In a sea
Of delight
To tame champagne
And creatures of the night

As the water
Took him over
Filled his lungs
Inside out
I sold his gold
For flowers and rice

Speaking fire
He would hire
Pawns and peasants
Just like me
To feed upon the conquered ones
But now we are free

Close Watch

( John Cale cover )

Never win and never lose
There's nothing much to choose
Between the right and wrong
Nothing lost and nothing gained
Still things aren't quite the same
Between you and me

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I still hear your voice at night
When I turn out the light
And try to settle down
But there's nothing I can do
'Cause I can't live without you
Any way at all

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

??? Oh I'm sure
No harm will come to you no more
'Cause I find myself in your hands
Don't you be so hard on yourself

Over The Hill

Over the hill
I will be waiting for you
I won't pretend
That you don't mean nothing to me
Come now, come now,
Come back now, come back now

The doubt will creep
And crawl in on you
The dark will leap
And fall upon you
Come back now, come back now

Let it be, let it go
Let it fall, let it blow
Let it come, let it go
Let it fall, we will know

On Powdered Ground

Go back and forward
But all is melting like the snow
Taking all from us
All we thought was left to know

On what we treasure
Falls a dusty snow
Taking us backwards
But where we will never know

Don't break your back on the track
Don't break your back on the track
Don't break your back on the track
Don't break your back on the track

This strong old blizzard
I will let it blow
To undiscovered places
Underneath the snow

Don't break your back on the track
Don't break your back on the track…

 

Aventine

Fuel to Fire

Do you want me on your mind
Or do you want me to go on
I might be yours
As sure as I can say
Be gone be faraway

Roses on parade
They follow you around
Upon your shore
As sure as I can say
Be gone be faraway

Like fuel to fire

Into the town we go
Into your hideaway
Where the towers grow
Gone to be faraway
Sing quietly
Along

Pious words to cry into the under
Up on your shore as sure as I can say
Be gone be faraway
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Oh, what a day to choose
Torn by the hours
All that I say to you
Is like fuel to fire

Into the town we go
Into your hideaway
Where the towers grow
Gone to be faraway

Never do we know
Never do they give away
Where the towers grow
Only you will hear them say

Sing quietly
Along
Sing quietly
Along

Dorian

They won't know who we are
So we both can pretend
It's written on the mountains
A line that never ends

As the devil spoke we spilled out on the floor
And the pieces broke and the people wanted more
And the rugged wheel is turning another round
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Dorian, carrion
Will you come along to the end
Will you ever let us carry on

Swaying like the children
Singled out for praise
The inside out on the open
With the straightest face

As the sad-eyed woman spoke we missed our chance
The final dying joke caught in our hands
And the rugged wheel is turning another round

Dorian, carrion
Will you come along to the end
Will you ever let us carry on

Dorian, carrion
Will you come along to the end
Will you ever let us carry on
Dorian will you follow us down

Aventine

Will you go ahead to the Aventine
In the holly red in the night
Dirt under my shoe from the old at heart
Right under you, grinning in the dark

You carried my heart in the night
To bury the wave in the tide
You carried me onto the fields

There is a grove, there is a plot
Deep in the snow, breaking your heart
One step ahead, a thousand miles
A trail ablaze to the Aventine

You carried my heart in the night
To marry the wave with the tide
You carried me onto the fields
You carried my heart in the night
To bury the wave in the tide
You carried me onto the fields
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Play it down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down, down
Play it down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down, down

Run Cried The Crawling

Crawling down
From high hopes to the ground
While trouble sings along

Baby my heart and soul
A giant in the room
I left him long ago, following you

Wind heavy on the ground
A cloak before the moon
I guess I've never known
Someone like you

Falling down
From high hopes to the ground
There's no way out

Baby my heart and soul
A giant in the room
We took the walk alone
And now we are through

Wind heavy on the ground
A cloak before the moon
I guess I've never known
Someone like you

Nature will get her way
Though you took her for a fool
Walking on the lake
Frozen under you

Baby my heart and soul
There's nothing we couldn't do
Summer's blowing cold
And now we are through
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I'm alright here in your arms, darling
I'm alright here in your arms, darling
I'm alright only in your arms, darling
I'm alright here in your arms, darling

The Curse

And the people went into their hide, they oh
From the start they didn't know exactly why, why
Winter came and made it so all look alike, look alike
Underneath the grass would grow, aiming at the sky

It was swift, it was just, another wave of a miracle
But no one, nothing at all would go for the kill
If they called on every soul in the land on the move
Only then would they know a blessing in disguise
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before

Tell me now of the very souls that look alike, look alike
Do you know the stranglehold covering their eyes
If I call on every soul in the land on the move
Tell me if I'll ever know a blessing in disguise

The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
And the curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before

Pass Them By

We come together, here we go
Around the fire, here we go
Flaming higher, here we go
To my surprise a fever grows

Lamps will glimmer on the gloom
Prey on the light in the room
As we fill it to the brim
We say the words, we take them in

Oh how the hills were laughing
Oh how the creeks they cried
Oh how the grass would cheer on
As we passed them by

Room for many, room for few
Here in the dark I made for you
Oh why do I hear you and believe
That we come together to make it sweet
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Oh how the hills were laughing
Oh how the creeks they cried
Oh how the grass would cheer on
As we passed them by

Words Are Dead

I wanna buy you roses
'Cause the words are dead
Follow in the blindness
On the arrow head
'Cause the words are dead
And you know it
Yeah the words are dead
Lower them down

Didn't know if you could
Deny the dead
Leaving them in silence
On their mouldy bed
Oh I am numb
And over
Their kingdom come
Lower me down
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
They are dead, they are dead
Oh, don't cry for me
Oh, don't cry for me
Oh, don't cry for me
Oh, don't you cry for me

Lower them down in the ground
Lower them down in the ground

Smoke & Mirrors

Oh my one, I'm so happy
That you've got so far
But I know the good, the great
Is working you like a charm

Oh my one, rushing away
With a bag full of bones
I know the place you left
Still won't leave you alone

The crow, the cat, the bird and the bee
I'm sure they would agree
That my one is falling for tricks
Smoke and mirrors playing your wit
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
A hue and cry waiting to blow
Under your skin, wherever you go
Still I wish that I knew
The taste of something that good

 

Citizen Of Glass

Stretch Your Eyes

The darkness and the ghost
They dance so sweet and slow
Dug-out from below there
To damn the gods

A grip that will hold
So tight and close
Around my throat with
The weight of all our lives
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
You can give to my heart
Thousand words or more
You can give to my heart
Thousand words or more

The drum you stroke
Damn that beat so old
In the ground it grows there
To damn the sun

The gates of gold
In your head you hold
A kingdom molten
May the gods be on your side

You can give to my heart
Thousand words or more
You can give to my heart
Thousand words or more

The drum you stroke
Damn that beat so old
In the ground it grows there
To damn the sun

Familiar

Can you walk on the water if I, you and I
Because your blood's running cold outside the familiar true to life
Can you walk on the water if I, you and I
Or keep your eyes on the road and live in the familiar without you and I
It glows with gates of gold to true life

And our love is a ghost that the others can't see
It's a danger
Every shade of us you fade down to keep
Them in the dark on who we are
It's gonna be the death of me
It's a danger
'Cause our love is a ghost that the others can't see
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
We took a walk to the summit at night, you and I
To burn a hole in the old grip of the familiar true to life
And the dark was opening wide, do or die
Under a mask of vermillion ruling eyes

And our love is a ghost that the others can't see
It's a danger
Every shade of us you fade down to keep
Them in the dark on who we are
Gonna be the death of me
It's a danger
'Cause our love is a ghost that the others can't see

It's Happening Again

I swear it is true
The past isn't dead
It's alive, it is happening
In the back of my head

No future, no past
No laws of time
Can undo what is happening
When I close my eyes
And with the stars and the moon
I woke up in the night
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
In the same place
To save me for my eyes

It's happening, it's happening
It's happening, it's happening
It's happening again

It's happening, it's happening
It's happening, it's happening
It's happening again

I took a day or two
To exile from the light
To unfold that prisoner
They call a mind

And for a brief moment
We could stop the time
But with the stars and the moon
I woke up in the night

In the same place
It was sailing before my eyes

It's happening, it's happening, it's happening
It's happening, it's happening, it's happening
It's happening, it's happening

Stone

They say every sin will have a thousand eyes
To guilty fools with guilty minds
But I most be cruel to be kind
Deep within a my head of stone

Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be, can I be

Oh how the birds forget to sing
Oh, do they know where I have been
Oh how I will leave you there again
Deep within my head of stone
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be, can I be

You are my only one
You are my only one
You are my lonely one
You are my only one

Oh for the trees did grow there
And the plants did spring
Oh for they know a lovers sin
Ain't made of paper or of string
It's cast into a head of stone

Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be of stone
Can I be, can I be, be

Trojan Horses

These bare bones are made of glass
See-through to the marrow as they pass
Seek through the keyhole, a fate is cast
Deep in the mirror smiling back

In shapes like these, they run softly
Trojan horses, Trojan horses
Trojan horses, Trojan horses

Gardens grow in my eyes
Oh, why do they
Gardens grow in my eyes
Oh, why do
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
Seek what I seek in a blinding flash
These bare bones are made of glass

In shapes like these, they run softly
Trojan horses, Trojan horses
With all the children, with all the children

I tell myself I wanna hide
I tell myself I wanna be lied to
Silent reader of my mind
Do you know what I will ask of you

Tell me if you wanna hide
Tell me if you wanna be lied to

Citizen Of Glass

Rend a black drop from my heart
With the weight of days
The end of time has just begun
I hear it call your name

And no straining of the string
Can reverse what will begin
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
Some let go and some hold on
There is no mistake
If I could wash all ill away
Tell me would you stay

And no lovers sin
Can reverse what will begin

Golden Green

All I have or should
Want to be but never could

It's coming at, it's coming at
It's coming at, it's coming at
It's coming at my heart
To spoil my soul with fire

All my eyes can see is
Born out of your imagery

It's coming at, it's coming at
It's coming at, it's coming at
It's coming at my heart
To scorch the earth with fire
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
Tell me who you really love
Tell me who you really love
Tell me who you really love
Who are you to take over my mind
With your eyes on me
All for you I am climbing the sky
Of golden green

Angel green and blue
I'm gonna leave my mind with you

I know, I see, I wanna be just free
I know, it craves, it's running through my veins

Tell me who you really love
Tell me who you really love
Who are you to take over my mind
With your eyes on me
All for you I am climbing the sky
Of golden green

Green
Green
Green

Mary

Heaven hid her face as we fell down
Age old habits echoed in the ground
One old sing and one would hold me down
They might listen if I make no sound
Help and participate instead of copy and paste
Oh I know this
From my high school heart
That nothing is over
From a touch it will begin
Wide on the sky

In my house the silence rang so loud
Under doorways, through the hallway down
Waiting for the secret to grow out
Oh what we do when no one is around

Oh I know this
From my high school heart
That nothing is over
From a touch it will begin
Wide on the sky

In the dark I hear you sing
Fingers move and chords they ring
Be the witness of my shame
Swaying in the summer rain
Feathers falling from your wing

In the dark I hear you sing
Fingers move and chords they ring
Be the witness of my shame
Swaying in the summer rain
Feathers falling from your wing
In the dark I hear you sing
 

Non Albums Tracks

Between The Bars

( Elliott Smith Cover / Live )

Drink up, baby, stay up all night
The things you could do, you won't but you might
The potential you'll be that you'll never see
The promises you'll only make

Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days, do what I say
And I'll make you okay and drive them away
The images stuck in your head
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
People you've been before that you don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

Drink up, baby, look at the stars
I'll kiss you again between the bars
Where I'm seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught

Drink up one more time and I'll make you mine
Keep you apart, deep in my heart
Separate from the rest, where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot

People you've been before that you don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

Katie Cruel

When I first came to town
They called me roving jewel
Now they've changed their tune
Call me Katy Cruel

Through the woods I'm going
Through the bogs and mire
Straightway down the road
To my heart's desire
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
When I first came to town
They brought me drinks of plenty
Now they've changed their tune
Bring me bottles empty

Through the woods I'm going
Through the bogs and mire
Straightway down the road
To my heart's desire

Through the woods I'm going
Through the bogs and mire
Straightway down the road

If I was where I would be
Then I would be where I am not
Here I am where I must be
Go where I would, I cannot
Go where I would, I cannot
Go where I would

Sons & Daughters

( Riverside EP  - Studio Version )

We are the ones of the free
The sons and daughters
Come with us, you will see
Our future
Rob from always on the run is so bad and copy paste is a sin
We borrow we play
For we know nothing will stay unchanged
Anyway

Moving fast with no weight
Upon our shoulders
Nothing in our world
Will ever hold us

We borrow we play
For we know nothing will stay unchanged
Anyway

Can you hear what we said
???
Can we call you again
All you need is

We borrow we play
For we know nothing will stay unchanged
Anyway
Unchanged anyway

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