Agent blå is a quintet from Gothenburg, Sweden. And like most teenage bands (ages 17 – 20), they started out competing at open mic night. Felix Skorvald (guitars), Lucas Gustavsson (guitars) and Emilie Alatalo (vocals) played Joy Division covers against Josefine Tack (bass, vocals) and Arvid Christensen (drums). Before the night was over, all were bonded by their love of Slowdive and Joy Division, and Agent blå was formed. Releasing their debut 7″ Strand in December of 2015 in Sweden, Agent blå burst into the indie community of Scandinavia with their combination of goth rock, dream pop and post-punk, creating their own unique brand of death pop.
Agent blå translates to Agent blue in English, the preferred arsenic of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Agatha Christie and the Borgias. And while that might sound remarkably caustic, the band’s music might be mistaken for something sweet and tender indie pop, is actually quite filled with dark overtones
What hits you first about Agent blue is the youthful exuberance. Capturing the hopefulness of a first love and juxtaposing against the mundane chores of school and work shifts, the sound is packed full of emotions of hope, frustration, and everything in between. Lyrically, Emelie did not write any lyrics until she joined Agent blå, though she has been writing poetry since the age of 5. And while wanting the listener to have their own experience with the songs, Emelie says, “The songs on Agent blue are about bad parties and waiting for them to be over and relationships, toxic friendships, and young love.” (Don’t) Talk to Strangers is about “meeting someone new, they seem to like you, and you’re like ‘Please don’t like me I’m going to fuck up your life.'” “Rote Learning is about meeting someone new and you aren’t sure where you stand with them, and Dream Boy Dream is about growing up fast and taking on responsibility that you really shouldn’t have.” It’s a classic sounding record of heartbreak – falling in and out of love, tender, beautiful with dark overtones that fans of The Smiths can appreciate.
With introductions courtesy of Sweden’s Luxury Records, Gustav Data of Makthaverskan and Tobias Bauer produced the record. Recorded in their hometown of Gothenburg in two parts with a break in between. The recording process was not without its challenges; because of a broken microphone, the engineer was unable to communicate with the band, and they each relied on hand- written signs to give each other cues.
Agent blå will debut their album on June 9, 2017 via Kanine/Luxury Records. The release of 10 songs or 35 minutes of a to-be classic indie pop album will add them to the already impressive list of bands from Gothenburg including The Knife, Jose Gonzalez, Jens Lekman, Makthaverskan and Love is All to name a few.