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El Perro Del Mar – I Carry the Fire

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A few months ago, El Perro Del Mar released her fifth dazzling studio album Pale Fire. In fact, I wrote about the title track, and its effortless beauty and detailed construction. I Carry the Fire is another stunning work designed around varying levels of a sound experience. Sarah Assbring‘s delicate vocals, a stirring bass guitar riff, an ethereal choir – the result puts the listener directly at the center, spinning, attempting to find the source.

One slip with the ice on the ground
No need for nothing else
No sleep with my eyes on the ground
There was enough to believe in.”

The track has left me wondering of the album’s inspiration. After all, the Swede has been nominated for Best Album, Best Pop and Best Producer for the Swedish Grammys in February. Her work has evolved quite rapidly, and her nomination for Best Producer is clearly a result of her drive. I can’t help but wonder if she took any inspiration from Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel Pale Fire. As a bibliophile, I can only hope that Assbring took some vision from the author, if not some poetic flare. I’ll leave you with this excerpt from Nabokov’s Pale Fire and let you be the judge.

All colors made me happy: even gray.
My eyes were such that literally they
Took photographs. Whenever I’d permit,
Or, with a silent shiver, order it”

El Perro Del Mar – I Carry the Fire

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El Perro Del Mar – Pale Fire

 
 
Never grow tired of this pale, pale fire
Never get out of this pale, pale fire.”

The concept of layering is a relatively simple one, but the results can be remarkable. Disassembling the pieces makes a track seem so comparatively different and complicated. Pale Fire opens with a melancholic heraldry of horns. El Perro Del Mar‘s mournful vocals roll in with embracing comfort. An echoing snare completes the introduction of a swirling synth experience. Sarah Assbring, the sole member of El Perro del Mar,  is now five albums deep in her construction of electro/pop universes. She continues to push her music forward, evolving immensely from her indie pop beginnings. Pale Fire is the title track of her latest and greatest work.

El Perro Del Mar – Pale Fire