Marking her concert return to North America for the first time in two years, Obel’s dates are in support of Citizen of Glass out now via Play it Again Sam. It is her first concept album and most ambitious work to date. The title comes from the German concept of the Gläserner bürger , the “human or glass citizen,” that deals with the individual’s level of privacy. Rooted in today’s overshare-heavy age of social media, Obel has woven this concept, lyrically and musically, into the album’s ten tracks, as they examine the provocative topics of transparency and diminishing privacy, a world of “glass people” who bare all via social media, and the affect that has on us emotionally and creatively.
“I wanted to write about the transparency and the difference between secrets and confession,” said Obel to The Irish Times, who uses social networking platforms solely for work-related topics. “There’s a strong sense these days – these decades, even – that we’re all under surveillance. Secrets can be very good to have and to keep.”
For this tour, Obel will be joined onstage by Charlotte Danhier (cello, loops, vocals, mellotron, drums, uke), Catherine de Blasio (drums, vocals, bass clarinet, percussion), and Kristina Koropecki (cello, loops, vocals, percussion). Fans can expect a set list comprised of songs from Obel’s critically-acclaimed and platinum-selling albums Philharmonics (2010) and Aventine (2013), as well as selections from Citizen of Glass.