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El Perro Del Mar, Pale Fire
Memphis Industries Records

11/20/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Back in 2006 my CD reviews were always looking for trouble. Any fight I could pick with slack-jawed tastemakers was an opportunity for me to add a scalp to my snark-pelt, thereby inadvertently exposing how awesome I was, which, looking back, wasn’t very. Even then, though, I knew you didn’t insult massively popular new artists you actually liked just because they were suddenly massively popular, such as this Swedish girl, Sarah Assbring, who is all there is to El Perro del Mar. Pale Fire, her fifth LP, is as awesome as the first thing I’d heard from her, namely her self-titled sophomore dealie of ’06, made of the same intoxicatingly chilly, sexually healed triphop as this. Think a bee-stung Portishead, pretty much, although grown-up lovers of Shakira could absolutely relate to this. “Hold Off the Dawn” takes its new-age yuppie-yearning cues from Sting circa his macrobiotic diet; the highly refined bling beat of “Walk on By” may seem as if it’s begging for half-interested indie-rap flows, but it works just as nicely as a daybed for the swooning and pouting she settles on top of it. Velvet-rope chill-house decorates “Love In Vain.” A — Eric Saeger
 






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