“The title comes from the German concept of the gläserner bürger, the human or glass citizen,” says Obel. “It’s actually a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, and in health it’s become a term about how much we know about a person’s body or biology or history – if they’re completely made of glass we know everything. There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass. To be willing to open up, use yourself as material, and not just if you’re an artist or a musician.”
“I worked with the title from the very beginning to push myself to do new things. I wanted to push myself conceptually from the starting point, to push the glass theme throughout the songs in different ways – in the lyrics, in the instruments – to do things in a very new way. As an album, it feels bigger to me, a lot bigger.”
Established as a major star across Europe, Agnes Obel has sold over a million copies of her first two albums, Philharmonics (2010) and Aventine (2013), and her songs have been streamed over 250 million times.