For her fourth album Sarah Assbring takes a swift turn in style but not in essence . Groovy synthesizers don't conceal what underneath , the wounded heart of this record and the songwriters' bittersweet explorations of love and ( always combined with) loneliness . Whenever i listen to an El Perro Del Mar record , what comes to my mind is a little child , sitting and crying at the corner because he/she just had a fight with his/her best friend . It does sound that vulnerable and truly innocent .
Having just seen the artist live in Madrid , i was amazed at how she was dancing ( seemingly in her own private universe ) on the smokey stage , laying her soul bare to a small but not indifferent crowd ( there was not one poster in the whole town advertising the concert..someone should really fire her agent quick ! ).
Highlights include " Hold Off The Down " , " Walk On By " and " Home Is To Feel Like That " .