El Perro Del Mar

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

El Perro Del Mar - From The Valley To The Stars From The Valley To The Stars
Pop New - LP CGO 050 The Control Group
Sealed, Out Of Print 2008 180gm Vinyl With Beautiful Embossed Jacket. There Are Singers Who Can Put Over A Sad Song, There Are Singers Who Project Melancholy, And Then There Are Those Who Seem Possessed Of An Elemental Darkness Deep Within Their Souls. Sarah Assbring Of El Perro Del Mar Is One Of These. On Her Previous Singles And Album (2006's Self-Titled Affair), Assbring Convincingly, Crushingly Bled Sadness -- In The Music And The Words, But Most Of All In Her Fragile And Haunted Vocals. Even At Her Cheeriest, Assbring Still Sounds Like Someone Just Broke Into Her House, Stole All Of Her Ronettes And Bridget Saint John Records, Broke Them One By One, And Then Kicked Her Cat For Good Measure. At Her Bleakest, It's Like The Sun Just Burned Itself Out. From The Opening Chords Of "Jubilee" (As Played By A Very Churchy Organ), From The Valley To The Stars Casts A Spell Of Abject Despair That's Hard To Break. Songs Might Be Embellished With Jaunty Piano Lines, Childlike Flutes, Angelic Harmonies, And Even The Occasional Drumbeat, But They Mope And Weep Like The Saddest, Bluest Doo Wop You'd Ever Hear On A Swedish Street Corner. With The Production, The Songs, And Above All Her Amazing Vocal Persona, Assbring And El Perro Del Mar Create A World Of Their Own Here. It's Not A World For Everyone -- You Need A Hearty Soul To Survive -- But If You Can Hack It, From The Valley To The Stars Is A Fairly Magical Trip To The Center Of Heartache. Tim Sendra, AMG.... more details
El Perro Del Mar - El Perro Del Mar El Perro Del Mar
Pop Colored Vinyl CGO100 Control Group
Sealed, Out Of Print 2015 180gm 2LP Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition On Green Marbled Vinyl. “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.” Marissa Brown, AMG.... more details

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