On her forth album, Sarah Assbring, the Swedish siren behind the noms de plume El Perro Del Mar, moves further away from the twinkling doo-wop and Scando-folk of her earliest releases into the ever-more populated realm of patchwork pop. Recently, artists such as Ariel Pink, Twin Shadow and Destroyer have cherry picked the sensibilities of the Sixties, the melodies of the Seventies and the AM radio production of the eighties to create a retro-modern vibe, and on Pale Fire El Perro Del Mar do the same, if in a manner that is much more streamlined and respectful to the heart of these eras and not their oddities.
The opener 'Pale Fire' has the scattered percussion and twirling horns of the aforementioned Destroyer's calling card 'Kaputt', with Sarah's cooing offering a fascinating contradiction to the pulsing bass drum that makes itself known at the halfway point. The way it folds and unfolds brings to mind Kate Bush's 'Cloudbusting'; the vocals are always given centre-stage and their message is direct, so much so that it takes several listens to appreciate how complex and perfectly layered the orchestration is behind it.
Further on, 'Hold Off The Dawn' finds itself in similar territory to Yeasayer circa Odd Blood and previous labelmates The Ruby Suns, with rolling tribal drums and lazy guitar lines offering the slightest nods to post-punk and new wave. Though such a comparison may put off many listeners, if you transplant El Perro's sighs for the cocksure howls of Sting it could easily be one of The Police's less sickly moments.
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Musical pop project El Perro Del Mar (made up of Swedish solo artist Sarah Assbring) is set to release her new single 'Walk On By' on October 22nd 2012 through Memphis Industries. It has been taken from her upcoming fifth studio album 'Pale Fire' due out on November 12th 2012.
The video is a psychedelic kaleidoscope of colour that almost looks like fire with grainy pictures of nature and Sarah dancing in a greenish stripy pyjama-like set alongside it. The song has elements of dream pop and trip hop to it with its lo fi, down tempo electronic sound, however the back beat is much faster and more upbeat and has an almost Caribbean flavour about it.
'I love irony in a pop song', she said of her new single. 'Irony gives you the chance to be deadly serious without necessarily being taken seriously. It's also a really good way to write yourself out of a lousy love affair which is the case with 'Walk On By'.' She also reveals that the song was based on the 1990 documentary movie 'Paris Is Burning' which discussed the rise in drag balls and the gender and sexual orientation issues that surrounded it.
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