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Agnes Obel: 'It's called a Trautonium – and it can electrocute people!' | Musique Non Stop

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Agnes Obel: 'It's called a Trautonium – and it can electrocute people!'

Denmark’s Agnes Obel takes music where it has never gone before, layering 250 tracks on top of each other, and duetting with a male cyborg version of herself. Where does it all come from?

It’s mid-afternoon and a surprise heatwave is weighing heavily in the Victorian corridors and stairwells of Hoxton Hall. Heading to a cool room in the attic of the London venue is the woman playing her new record here tonight: a pale-eyed Dane who’s already had two platinum-selling albums across mainland Europe.

Her third, Citizen of Glass, isn’t your typical floor-filler. It begins with shivering, gothic violins, eerie cello pizzicato, and the trembling horror of a replica 1920s synthesiser called a Trautonium. “It’s huge and it can electrocute people,” says Agnes Obel, settling down on a chair in a tiny, shabby dressing room. “Strangely we haven’t brought it tonight.”

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