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We are happy to announce that El Perro Del Mar’s 4th album PALE FIRE will be released on 12 November by Memphis Industries.

'In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much. Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It's a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away. It's the pale ... Read more in Amazon's El Perro del Mar Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Indsutries
  • ASIN: B0014I4VHA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Jubilee 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Glory To The World 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Can't Steal A Gift 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. How Did We Forget? 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Inside The Golden Egg 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To Give Love 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Inner Island 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Do Not Despair 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Somebody's Baby 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Sun Is An Old Friend 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Happiness Won Me Over 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. From The Valley To The Stars 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. You Belong To The Sky Now 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Into The Sunshine 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Someday I'll Understand (Love Will Be My Mirror) 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Your Name Is Neverending 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
If I had to identity the sound of "From the Valley to the Stars," it would be a church organ possessed by the spirit of sixties folk-pop and a pint-sized orchestral section.

In fact, El Perro Del Mar's latest album mostly focuses on delicate, soaring little chamberpop arrangements with a quasi-religious sound and a folky airiness. Yeah, that sounds appallingly twee, but it ends up becoming incredibly pretty, mellow and catchy, with a jazzy undertone that runs just under the organ folkpop and fairylike vocals though it hits a few speedbumps along the way ("It's easy, babe/It's easy babe").

It opens with "Jubilee," a wispy confection that is all organ, all the time. Sarah Assbring introduces her soft vocals by just sort of murmuring: "Jubilee/jubilee/jubilation..." repeatedly. Intro time!

Things get a bit more poppy with the swaying, flute-riddled "Glory to the World," which seems to be half enchanted hymn, half children's song ("Look at the clouds today/they sure make funny shapes"). And then there's the jittery prettiness of "You Can't Steal A Gift" floats along on a sea of vaguely jazzy instrumentation, along with that same ethereal flute. The woman sounds a bit tightly wound here, but still good.

And with that, El Perro Del Mar drifts into a warm, shimmering sea of gentle pop music -- languid jazzy ballads, warm piano melodies, soaring pop with exquisite classical instrumentation, a few ballads wrapped in trembling organ, and even an unexpectedly upbeat tune called "Somebody's Baby," where it sounds like Sarah Assbring just wanted to get up and dance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PP Prong on 4 Aug 2010
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A collection of haikuesque musical pictures. Bitesize comfort listening for the soul - original, sweet, warm and full of summer goodness.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
To the stars, to give love 2 May 2008
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If I had to identity the sound of "From the Valley to the Stars," it would be a church organ possessed by the spirit of sixties folk-pop and a pint-sized orchestral section.

In fact, El Perro Del Mar's latest album mostly focuses on delicate, soaring little chamberpop arrangements with a quasi-religious sound and a folky airiness. Yeah, that sounds appallingly twee, but it ends up becoming incredibly pretty, mellow and catchy, with a jazzy undertone that runs just under the organ folkpop and fairylike vocals though it hits a few speedbumps along the way ("It's easy, babe/It's easy babe").

It opens with "Jubilee," a wispy confection that is all organ, all the time. Sarah Assbring introduces her soft vocals by just sort of murmuring: "Jubilee/jubilee/jubilation..." repeatedly. Intro time!

Things get a bit more poppy with the swaying, flute-riddled "Glory to the World," which seems to be half enchanted hymn, half children's song ("Look at the clouds today/they sure make funny shapes"). And then there's the jittery prettiness of "You Can't Steal A Gift" floats along on a sea of vaguely jazzy instrumentation, along with that same ethereal flute. The woman sounds a bit tightly wound here, but still good.

And with that, El Perro Del Mar drifts into a warm, shimmering sea of gentle pop music -- languid jazzy ballads, warm piano melodies, soaring pop with exquisite classical instrumentation, a few ballads wrapped in trembling organ, and even an unexpectedly upbeat tune called "Somebody's Baby," where it sounds like Sarah Assbring just wanted to get up and dance.

Don't worry, it drifts back into the sunny, sweet territory with the wispy "The Sun is an Old Friend," and promptly winds the album down the crystalline purity of "Happiness Won Me Over" and the title track's spacey sweet quirkiness.

So basically "From the Valley To The Stars" is a silky little amalgam of hymns, Phil Spector pop melodies, and a delicately floaty flowers-prayer-stars-and-clouds focus that gives it a soft, almost childlike sound. The different songs could have used a little more differentiation in the instrumentation, but this is a relatively minor complaint -- most of the album is simply exquisite.

Most of that exquisiteness comes from the instrumentation -- we have a slightly off-key flute tune, a flicker of synth here and there, mellow brass , a few pastoral sounds, and soaring strings that murmur throughout the more complex songs. And the gently trickling piano turns all fun and energetic in "Somebody's Baby." But all of this is ruled over by the organ -- it reminds me of an antique pipe organ at a church I once attended. Songs like "Do not Despair" are filled with its transcendent, trembly sound.

And that spiritual sound trickles over into the lyrics ("The stars send a message from far above/I think it's a lesson that's filled with love... do not despair"). Assbring's voice adds to that impression -- she sounds very innocent, breathy and childlike, even when singing the more awkward lyrics ("It's easy babe") or ones that would sound silly and unnatural coming from someone else ("Don't cast away your inner island").

El Perro Del Mar expertly mingles chamberpop, folk and a touch of pipe organ, making "From The Valley To The Stars" a unique and lovely pop experience. Definitely worth hearing.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Trying new music 10 April 2011
By D. A. Haines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this because a friend recommended it. I like it but the songs seem somewhat repetitive and in the end, boring. Maybe she's an acquired taste?
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