Give Thanks for Agent Simple
by Dan
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Agent Simple - "Make A Right At Jordfallsmotet"

You play the shaker on this one. And never, never stop. This is the kind of song that the mushrooms in the forest sway in unison to; singing harmony while the squirrels play flutes so small you can't hear them. It will make everything around you sing. And it will make you want to go home. Even if you're sitting at home right now, it will make you want to go to your favourite place in your home, one you always loved but have forgotten about. It'll make you realise why you have to leave every day, and why you might eventually have to leave for a long time, but the squirrels, the mushrooms, they'll still be there if you want to come/go back. I try not to swear on this thing, but holy fuck this song is good.

Agent Simple - "Brother"

Agent Simple's first language is not English, but we still communicate. He tells me over and over that he loves his family and his girlfriend (other songs), and I understand perfectly. Here he is singing practically at the bottom of the ocean, about the boats and sharks that swim happily up above, and how he knows he's related to them (both ocean dwellers) but he wishes he could be even closer, know even more. He doesn't like it when he looks in the mirror, but he seems comforted by the knowledge that he is loved, whatever it is in him that people find to love. Yes, Agent Simple and I communicate very well.

Buy his EP, "I Got Mad At The Kids", from his website, I'm trying to find out how my Canadian dollars can buy this still, but try with me, we'll inundate him.

Also, included in both mp3s are pictures that I found that I think best illustrate how I imagine (want) Agent Simple looks. They are children's drawings of Abraham Lincoln (one in which I believe there are worms and insects eating the flesh off Honest Abe's face; kick ass), but there's just enough of Hank from the Hank Collective in there to make the look just perfect.


even though I said it last week, get your NAHPI singles now now now (out in stores today!)

Posted by Dan at October 10, 2005 12:56 AM

The first song has officially made my day. Thanks!

Posted by Richard at October 10, 2005 3:31 PM

I take it Agent Simple really, really likes Magnetic Fields.

Posted by hoss at October 10, 2005 8:28 PM

He's channeling the hell out of Merritt, that's for sure. Still and all, neat!

Posted by Paul at October 11, 2005 1:58 AM

I dunno. He makes me thing of The Diskettes, if the Diskettes discovered full percussion and electronic instruments.

I wouldn't want The Diskettes to make those dicoveries, since they're just fine as they are. If they did I would shout "Judas" the next time they came to the UK... actually, that would be pretty cool.

But I'm glad someone's doing it. Agent Simple makes me smile.

Posted by Michael Williams at October 11, 2005 2:48 PM

I went through the e-mailing/ordering process to get this EP; here's the heads up. Agent Simple sent me to Bedroom Records, who in turn sent me to (not .net, as listed on the Bedroom website). You can order the Agent Simple EP and anything else from Bedroom Records here with Paypal (I threw in the Holding a Peach EP, too).

Posted by dekadetia at October 12, 2005 8:18 AM

thank you so much, dekadetia. you're nice.

Posted by dan at October 12, 2005 3:43 PM

You're nice!

Posted by dekadetia at October 12, 2005 9:48 PM

agent simply great.

like listening a conversation between magnetic fields and scotland yard gospel choir - you can hear them bouncing ideas of each other, laughing at each other's jokes.

thank goodness for songs like this which make the rain seem, well, less rainy.

Posted by lucy at October 13, 2005 11:58 AM

it's amazing

Posted by ruthie at October 13, 2005 8:53 PM

I hear some Jonathan Richman in there, too; a little bit in the unadorned vocal delivery but even moreso in the bouncy near-innocence of the lyrics and the feel-good strumminess of the guitars. Good stuff!

Posted by allison at October 14, 2005 11:05 AM

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