Review: Agnes Obel @ Anson Rooms

Review: Agnes Obel @ Anson Rooms

Agnes Obel plays to a full house at the Anson Rooms on Saturday night after a strong supporting slot from L.A. Salami. Agnes begins her set with Trojan Horses, a song from her new album Citizens of Glass, it instantly captivates the audience with hypnotic tones. The album features an array of instruments, ranging from bass clarinet to ukulele. This combined with two cellos through out gives the songs a haunting and deep orchestral sound. Agnes is an enigmatic front woman who keeps the room hanging from her every word as she politely introduces each song and treats the audience to some insight behind their creation.

Her all female, multi-instrumentalist band have as much stage presence as she does, each of them impressively adding more instruments to their repertoire as the show progresses. The combination of Agnes’s keys, four part harmonies, live looping and plenty of reverb, fills the room with a depth that's difficult to achieve by a four piece. The rising melodies and tribal rhythms create a near spiritual atmosphere, every song is met with a roaring cheer from the crowd, listening in total silence until each final note has died. Playing predominantly from her new album, the songs bring a modern feel to a classical background, the vocals complimenting long, instrumental sections.

After ending her set with the albums namesake, Agnes plays a three song encore which is met with rapturous applause, yet as the lights go off she still leaves us wanting more.

Lauren Webb