Agnes Obel - Late Night Tales


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There’s a quietude about it all, the antithesis of a rush hour, like a frozen lake on a Sunday morning. This is aided by a veritable cornucopia of new Obel material, including a haunting reading of Danish song Glemmer Du, Inger Christensen’s Poem About Death set to original music, and an Agnes original, Bee Dance. then there’s the enigmatic Jamaican singer
Nora Dean who weighs in with the hypnotic and slinky Duke Reid production, Ay Ay Ay Ay (Angie-Lala) and the sparse, sardonic Party Girlby Michelle Gurevich, so good it inspired the eponymous French movie. There are the plangent voices, The Bulgarian Folklore Choir, Nina Si- mone, Ray Davies and Agnes herself, ringing true. Somehow, Ms Obel makes even makes the electronic tracks bow to her needs as with Yello whose Great Mission is more Martin Denny than Underworld and cult Greek composer Lena Platonos’ Bloody Shadows From A Distance pulses gently rather than throbs and Can’s recently rediscovered Obscura Primavera, unusually hushed.