Danish performer Agnes Obel has announced a new album entitled Myopia, which is set to be released on February 21, 2020 via Blue Note Records in North America, and Deutsche Grammophon in the rest of the world. In addition to this announcement, Obel has released a new music video and single entitled “Island of Doom,” which was directed by Alex Bruel Flagstad.
“Island of Doom,” features Obel on piano, vocals and keys, and Kristina Koropecki on cello, creating a sober tone, with sweet instrumentals, and a strong vocal performance from Obel. The visual show opens up with a shot of Obel, and is completely dominated with blue colors and hues, showing a unique landscape that appears out of this world. The end of the video displays a single cube, which likely symbolizes the “Island of Doom,” the track refers to.
“The song is made up of pitched-down piano and cello pizzicato and vocals, all choirs are pitched down and up… In my experience when someone close to you dies it is simply impossible to comprehend that you can’t ever talk to them or reach them somehow ever again,” Obel explained regarding the song in a press release.”They are in many ways still alive because in your consciousness nothing has changed, they’re still there with everyone else you know.”
Obel has stated that this latest album will deal with themes of self-doubt, and trust, and will show the singer work in a state of self-reflection. This new project will follow her 2016 release Citizens of Glass.
“For me Myopia is an album about trust and doubt. Can you trust yourself or not? Can you trust your own judgments? Can you trust that you will do the right thing?” Obel explained regarding the album. “Can you trust your instincts and what you are feeling? Or are your feelings skewed?”
1. Camera’s Rolling
2. Broken Sleep
3. Island Of Doom
7. Can’t Be
8. Parliament Of Owls
9. Promise Keeper
10. Won’t You Call Me