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The gradual transformation of singer/songwriter Sarah Assbring (a.k.a. El Perro del Mar) from retro-pop chanteuse into electronica diva has been fascinating to witness. Pale Fire takes her further into danceland by surrounding her with percolating beats and bright synth strokes, updating her coolly insistent sounds that recall ‘90s-era St. Etienne and Everything but the Girl. If her grooves have taken on a suave sparkle, her lyrics remain on the downbeat side (though “Hold Off the Dawn” celebrates at least a fleeting sense of shared passion). Assbring’s vocals are at once meditative and seductive, hinting at elusive secrets in “I Was a Boy” and conveying an insistent erotic charge in “I Carry the Fire.” She moves to a narcotized dubstep in “Love in Vain” and struts with nervous confidence through “Walk on By.” The title track’s insinuating tingle is contrasted by the dark miasmic swirl of “Love Confusion.” The confessional urgency under the techno veneer of “Home Is to Feel Like That” confirms that Assbring is still a wounded romantic at heart. At once poised and vulnerable, she makes Pale Fire glow with unmistakable desire.

Customer Reviews


It seem with each new album from EPDM is a fresh take on a past decade. Walk on by is like a trip to the early 90's with 2012 technology. Still maintaining the folk style of their earlier releases and with some experimental additions. Safe to say their best album yet.


I don't know what it is but I'm addicted.

Keep going, love your sound!

This album had a huge impact of my life, especially while traveling! So exited for the new album!!


Born: 2003 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

El Perro del Mar (The Sea Dog) is the nom de musique of Sarah Assbring, a Swedish pop thrush whose recordings are glorious aural confections that combine Brill Building pop and the influences of Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, and Smokey Robinson with lyrics that speak with a sweet, ineffable sadness of the pitfalls of love and life. According to Assbring, the name El Perro del Mar came to her during an ill-fated vacation in Spain; she was alone, depressed, and out of sorts when a stray dog came up...
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