When Agnes Obel's second album Aventine came out at the end of September, it was a widely praised and celebrated follow up to the stunning debut record. The Danish singer has been keeping me company recently with her dreamy soft voice, shimmering piano melodies and enchanting lyrics.
Dorian is a beautiful song and the title track Aventine truly charming. The classically-trained singer and pianist makes exquisite arrangements, many on this record calling on cello and violin to accompany her vocals and idiosyncratic piano passages.
I loved the debut album as well. Philharmonics from 2010 includes the gorgeous Riverside and Louretta, notable for its music box-style sound. Such gorgeous stuff – understated, considered and wonderfully delicate.