Since re-emerging in 2019 with disco flavoured EP “Nothing Can Compare,” following up earlier this year with retro-pop offering “Goodlife,” Sweden’s Agnes Carlsson has demonstrated she isn’t messing around. On the contrary, she remains a tour-de-force. An artist who pours every bit of soul and spirit into her pop creations, the latest disco-infused era included in this. It is very like Agnes not to get the trumpets out when announcing a new single is on its way. There was just a mere whisper from the singer last week of “Fingers Crossed” arrival when it is arguably the best of the latest run of material, in my opinion.
On the release, Agnes explains “Fingers Crossed” was inspired by the sense that nothing is impossible, because nothing is impossible! It’s a song that can lift you up to new dimensions and like a peaceful tank it crushes everything in its way. The song does not excuse itself and I don’t excuse myself. I welcome you now to my party, and it’s my party so… I can do what I want to.”
What’s is that a party invite from Agnes? I’m filling out my RSVP forthwith. I am hopeful, what she is hinting at here are some live shows in the future. Now wouldn’t that be nice? I’ll happily take more disco-pop offerings from her also if they are in any way as funky, pop spectacular as “Fingers Crossed.” I do hope I don’t come across too much of an old-timer but I whooped out aloud with giddy delight at the bits in the chorus reminiscent of Boney M “Ma Baker.” (Say what you don’t know “Ma Baker” by Boney M… get educated here.)
How does Agnes under direction by SWIM CLUB visualize this new disco stunner? Lots of lighted candles, mystic symbolism alluding that the singer is in contact with higher forces in the universe. The visual direction comes as no surprise as I already knew she is a pop goddess. The singer spilt the truth, the clip is inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ground-breaking cult classic “The Holy Mountain” from 1973 and Swedish abstract artist Hilma Af Klint. Oh silly me, of course, I knew this (I did NOT.) I wouldn’t expect a lot of the readers of EQ knew this either. For once I don’t feel compelled to educate myself further, because I am utterly stuck like super glue on this truly, glorious song.
Now that’s what I call electronic pop!
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