El Perro Del Mar CD (2006)

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Product Overview


Label The Control Group
SKU 203250932
UPC 650384022923
UPC 14 00650384022923
Format CD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Author El Perro Del Mar
Technical Info
Engineer Philip Granqvist
Producer El Perro Del Mar
CatalogID 40229
Lable Name The Control Group
Released 11/07/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00650384022923
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: El Perro del Mar (vocals, various instruments); Same Girl Group (vocals); Alexander Nilsson (saxophone).
Recording information: Monsterstudion.
With a voice that wavers between Jane Birkin's and Neil Young's, Swede Sarah Assbring, or El Perro del Mar as she calls herself, writes of hope and loneliness, sometimes at the same time. Cleary influenced by Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector, El Perro del Mar sings a kind of indie doo wop, bringing together syllabic backing harmonies ("sha-la-la-la," "shooby doo-wop bah," and "be-bop a loo-lah" are some of the phrases she uses throughout the album), poppy melodies, simple vocal lines, acoustic guitars, and twinkling pianos on her self-titled full-length. But despite these brighter, happier elements that envelop her music, Assbring has a kind of despair in her voice that veils even the most cheerful of her songs in sadness. "It's All Good," in which she echoes variations of "it's all good, take a new road and never look back" throughout the entire piece, even in its optimism, conveys the sense that at one point things in fact were not good at all, even though they might be changing, and the breezy warmth of "God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)" is more of a criticism of herself for "taking a lot without giving back" than advice regarding the benefits of altruism. More frequently, she doesn't even try to hide her melancholy in horns and major chords. "Party" is utterly depressing, as Assbring sings with hurt heavy in her voice, weighing it down so that she can hardly get her words out ("I don't want to stay at home/I just want to be a part of it") as her guitar drones on forlornly, and "This Loneliness," as the title implies, explores her own miserable solitude ("This loneliness ain't pretty no more/Loneliness, only taking a place of a friend"). The songs on El Perro del Mar hardly contain more than a few lines that are then repeated again and again, but this simplicity only adds to their poignancy, and how intimate and real they feel, and makes the album utterly impossible to ignore. ~ Marisa Brown
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.112) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "These eleven tracks ache with longing and loneliness: Assbring sings in a voice that recalls Julee Cruise's spectral quiver..."
Magnet (p.96) - "[T]he overall effect is quite minimalist and absolutely charming..."
CMJ (p.37) - "[El Perro] nods to fellow Swede Jens Lekman in 'This Loneliness,' a gorgeously orchestrated ode to feeling solitary."
Disc 1
1 Candy
2 God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)
3 Party
4 People
5 Dog
6 I Can't Talk About It
7 Coming Down The Hill
8 This Loneliness
9 It's All Good
10 Here Comes That Feeling
11 Shake It Off - (bonus track)
Product Attributes
Artist El Perro Del Mar
Music Format Compact Disc

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