Considering she's a regular in French newspapers and has ranked between Pink and Kings of Leon on the European charts, it seems pretty weird to call Agnes Obel a newcomer. But ask most Americans if they've heard of the adorable, blue-eyed singer, and chances are they'll be totally clueless-- until now. Fresh from performing at South by Southwest, the indie darling chatted with us about her debut U.S. album, dubbed Philharmonics (due out April 12th). Download Obel's new single "Brother Sparrow" here
(for free!) and get ready to see a whole lot more of her. How was playing SXSW?
That was quite amazing, but pretty crazy too. First of all, my music is very quiet and there would be like 10 rock bands playing at the same time! There was no time for sound checks. We just had to cross our fingers and hope everything worked. But it was really great. What kind of music do you listen to?
I like a lot of different genres. I'm not one of those people that listen to only one genre and nothing else. I like folk, and Swedish folk music a lot. When I arrived in Austin they were playing country music in the airport! I was like, "This is so cool!"What inspired "Brother Sparrow?"
At the time, I just moved (to Berlin) and I had a lot of alone time. The lyrics are a lot about the feeling of being on your own, but not in a bad way. You can be on your own in a good way. It's a happy song because I was feeling happy! It was a really productive time in my life.