Agency-X was born when, in a three-hour fit of pure inspiration, davidmahr wrote and arranged vocals for a demo piece that Wallden had ICQ'd over-which became the single "Don't Hold your Breath." The band's first release also included a remake of "Walk Away From Love, "originally recorded for the Ninthwave Records compilation of 2002 Nobody's Diary: A Tribute to Yazoo. Agency-X's front man, davidmahr, has released solo projects on his own Delicious Records label including 1997's No Drama! and 1999's Lost & Found albums as well as the three-song EP Only You, featuring the title Yazoo cover track and the international club hit "Sugar Candi (What You Mean to Me)." Lars Wallden, the keyboard-programming mastermind behind Agency-X, is best known for keeping alive the machine-made, Clarke-influenced sound with his Swedish synthpop band AvantGarde, which he started in 1990. So how do an openly gay man in San Francisco and a straight man in Sweden write love songs together? In the case of "Catch Me," davidmahr put Wallden's tale of meeting and falling for a woman named Katrin into song. But when he sings "Oh Katrin, won't you catch me and fall in love? Let's go hand-in-hand - let's see the world together…" he imagines Katrin as a man, explaining with a smile, "Love is love." He continues: "Writing a love song really is about understanding what that particular person is going through, the emotions being felt. I certainly know how happy and goofy I felt when I first fell in love with my partner of 13 years. In fact, the songs on this album speak to so many emotions that are universal - love and happiness, of course, but also fear, insecurity, loss, and finally, hope." The songs are full of double and hidden meanings.
In "At the End of the Day" when the singer asks, "Have you ever had the kind of love that drives you insane?" The answer, "In a happy way, it's a happy day, oh yeah" somehow makes perfect sense. Other lyrics are more direct: "All is quiet on the western front, my mind tries to say - but my heart says something else - Why did you have to die?" The album is a collection of tales based on the adventures of two "secret" agents searching for love and the meaning of life, just like the rest of us. On this mission, the specifics of any relationship are less important than the common experiences of joy, sadness, loss, regret, redemption, and finally, hope: "Looks like the mission is finally over. Floating here amongst the wreckage…Come find me, I'm worth saving." The bouncy electro beats and lush vocal arrangements on Mission Impossible deliver pop perfection with a bittersweet complexity that emerges over repeated listening.
Agency-X joins forces in cyberspace-the ultimate expression of human isolation-but traverses the landscape of the heart in search of understanding. Deceptively sweet and light, Mission Impossible is a satisfying meal for body and soul. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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