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Love Is Not Pop [Digipak]
El Perro del Mar
1. Gotta Get Smart
2. Change of Heart
3. L is for Love
4. Let Me In
5. Heavenly Arms
6. It is Something (To Have Wept)
7. Better Love, A
8. L is for Love [Low Motion Disco's Additional Love Remix] - (remix)
9. Change of Heart [J Rintamki Remix] - (remix)
10. Let Me In [Nhessingtons Remix] - (remix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 060
El Perro Del Mar; Rasmus Hagg; Rasmus Hgg
Personnel: Christian Carlsson (cello).
Audio Mixers: El Perro del Mar; Rasmus Hagg; Philip Granqvist; Rasmus Hgg.
Photographer: Johanna Hedborg.
El Perro del Mar could have kept making the same desolate, heartbreakingly crushed record over and over with no diminishing returns. Maybe the pristine arrangements and fragile chamber pop sound were starting to feel limiting to Sarah Assbring and she needed a change. To that end, when the time came to start working on a follow-up to her 2008 album FROM THE VALLEY TO THE STARS, Assbring picked Studio's Rasmus Hgg as a collaborator. On LOVE IS NOT POP the pair have opened up El Perro's approach beyond the limits of the past, and have incorporated new ideas and sounds. One change is that the songs are much longer, averaging around five minutes and taking their time to ebb, flow, and reach devastating emotional levels. Another is that even though it's the work of just Assbring and Hgg, the record sounds very much like a full band, rather than a one-person operation. The interplay between instruments and the layered arrangements help with that impression. So do the innovations Hgg brought to the project. His background in dance music means there are a couple of songs ("Gotta Get Smart," "L is for Love") you could almost imagine yourself dancing to, albeit very sadly. Elsewhere, the warm synth tones, dubby sound effects, and overall expansive feel of the record can probably be attributed to his influence. Assbring's rigidly defined chamber pop sound gets a look in, too; on songs like "It is Something (To Have Wept)" and "A Better Love," she sounds as composed and precise (and broken) as ever. The sonic touches Hgg adds to her songs only makes them better. The combination of their gifts has resulted in something pretty special, possibly the best work either of them has done to date, and hopefully something that will continue.
Spin (p.75) - "[A] moving electro-lounge symphony. It's minimal house for broken homes."
Paste (magazine) (p.62) - "[F]illed with an almost unbearably melancholic, lovelorn pop that wafts through chilly grey air."
Pitchfork (Website) - "LOVE documents a more complicated, post-collegiate parting of ways against the more sophisticated sounds of late nights and dancefloors..."
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