Courtesy of the artist
El Perro Del Mar. Courtesy of the artist
A good breakup album necessitates, almost by definition, a particularly nasty breakup. In order to produce truly convincing piece of work, it seems that the artist must at least know what it's like to be put through an emotional wringer. With Love Is Not Pop, Sarah Assbring, who writes under the name El Perro Del Mar, released her second outstanding breakup album in a row. After this and her stunning self-titled debut, it's hard not to feel somewhat guilty for repeatedly reaping the benefits of Assbring's tumultuous personal life.
"Change of Heart"
"Gotta Get Smart"
Co-produced by Rasmus Hagg, one half of the Swedish electronic duo Studio, Love Is Not Pop shrouds Assbring's delicate vocal melodies with layers of reverb and undulating bass lines. Like her fellow Swede Lykke Li, Assbring effortlessly combines indie-pop and soul, and adorns many of her songs with a gently rollicking rhythm section which makes it that much easier to nod along. Assbringer plays three songs from Love Is Not Pop in this World Cafe session.