You Must Know: Agnes
I have to give the braintrust over at OhNoTheyDidn't credit for turning me on to Swedish pop singer Agnes and her new jam, All I Want Is You.
Granted, Sweden has been incredibly kind to American music over the years, this is the most exciting Nordic sound I've heard since another one-named wonder shook off her 80s and embraced the funk with the self-titled 2005 album, Robyn.
Here's what I've learned about Agnes from Wikipedia: she won Sweden's Idol in 2005 and has been a radio mainstay ever since. But as Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and hundreds of other uber-talented singers will tell you, breaking America is hard. Luckily, Agnes has a killer collection of new tunes designed to do just that!
Leading the charge is the aforementioned single, All I Want Is You, off her fourth studio album, Veritas. Pairing an infectious beat with soaring vocals, the song seems tailor-made for the club scene (a genre Agnes has dominated in her home country for the last 7 years). As you can see from the smattering of songs below, All I Want Is You is no fluke, and Agnes is no one-trick-pony! Now, I just need her to gallop over to New York City.