Agnes Carlsson, singularly known as the Agnes, is back.
The “Release Me” Swedish dance-pop legend and Idol 2005 winner last left us with her incredible collection Veritas, originally released in 2012 in Sweden (one of the best pop albums released that year), which was later released in other territories in the following years.
And, apart from a recent appearance on Avicii‘s posthumous “Tough Love” released earlier in June, she’s been essentially off the music industry grid ever since – until now.
“Can’t believe it’s happening. I’ve been on a journey that took me 4 years, 2 months and 29 days, living life, making music, traveling, seeing new places and faces, consciously pushing myself to do new things and the idea of who I am. Such a crazy journey. It’s been scary as hell and wonderful at the same time, so, tomorrow is a big day for me. I am release [sic] new music (I’ve been emotional for a week now). See you on the other side, A” Agnes announced earlier in the week on her Instagram. And indeed, she did.
“Today is the day🤘🏼The first two songs to come I dedicate to the dance. It’s all about being in the moment, how sexy and pleasurable it is when you’re able to completely let go. I am so humble and happy for all the support. My heart grows triple it’s size in my chest,” she later announced.
“Limelight” and “I Trance” mark Agnes’ grand return to music, and – just in case the song titles didn’t give it away – they’re both dance floor forays.
The songs were both co-written by Vargas & Lagola, responsible for work on tracks for Galantis and Avicii – and Madonna‘s Rebel Heart, including the title track.
“Rhythm is my remedy,” she croons on “Limelight,” a more soulful ode to disco sound. “Baby, nobody knows me better.”
She does even better with the appropriately entrancing “I Trance,” which dives deeper into the discotheque as Agnes supplies sensual, barely-there vocals above the shimmering beat. At one point, the song bursts into a breakdown that screams Timbaland and Keri Hilson‘s “The Way I Are” – and then it’s back to late-night trance euphoria.
Both songs offer a tantalizing tease of what’s to come from Agnes. Let’s just hope the next tracks don’t take quite as long.
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