10 to Spin | Agnes Obel

“I don’t see myself as a singer that plays piano,” says Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel. “It always feels weird
when people refer to me as a singer, because to me being a singer is
secondary to the music. The songs and the melodies are the most
important to me. But I’m not sure what you call that.”

We’re not quite sure to call that either. Whatever it may be, Obel has caught a spark with her music in Europe, as her debut album, Philharmonics, has been certified double platinum in her native Denmark. As beautiful as the songs on Philharmonics can be, it was her cover of Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars” that really got our attention. Here, have a listen.


We’re proud to have Obel take part in our 10 to Spin series. Her playlist below is simply titled “Agnes’ Favorites,” which we think is some pretty nice listening for a relaxing Friday. Enjoy!

Gonzales – Gogol

Because it’s like a story.

The Pixies – Where is My Mind?

Reminds me of very good times.

Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You in the End

The out of tune guitar, his voice, and his words.

Nina Simone – Ne Me Quitte Pas

The fusion of jazz, pop and classical… and because no one can sing a song like her.

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able

I just love how this track moves: dynamic and dreamy.

Satie – Gnossienne 3

The hypnotic simplicity.

Nino Rota – The Godfather

Without a doubt, my favorite film score.

Fleet Foxes – Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

I don’t know what to write. I just like this song so much. Maybe because it’s like from another time. Or simply because it’s just great.

Chad VanGaalen – City of Electric Light

I listen to this song while driving.

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