Tuesday, November 6, 2012
First Listen: El Perro Del Mar "Pale Fire"
And it mostly works quite well, I have to admit. Don't expect any revelations, but a well crafted, condensed easy-listening walk through the production of internet-based beats and bleeps from the last few years. Nearly every song brings in some new shade of one of those styles without breaking into a sweat, or breaking the continuum of the album. Apart from the pre-released "Walk On By", I think "Love Confusion" and "To The Beat Of A Dying World" are the better tracks on the album, holding a certain suspense and unease the other tracks are lacking to a certain degree.
Because if there is an overall problem with the album, it would be that Assbring is a bit too uninteresting as well as seeming to be uninterested herself sometimes. The passive attitude - mainly carried by her voice - makes me feel like being on some kind of anti-depressant somehow, like perceiving the world through a protective haze of some emotional distancing device and dissolving all heartbreak in sweetness. I would love to hear someone taking this album a bit further and produce some additional dance remixes of the tracks, igniting the fire a bit more.
The album will be released on Memphis Industries on November 12th and is now streaming on The Hype Machine, below.