EL PERRO DEL MAR Pale Fire Mem­phis In­dus­tries

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

There al­ways was a lan­guid charm to Sarah Ass­bring’s work, but there was never quite this propul­sion of rhythm. For her fifth al­bum, Ass­bring has car­ried some of her favourite house and elec­tro in­flu­ences with her to the song­writ­ing desk, and the re­sults give Pale Fire a glow that was never pre­vi­ously there. Not, mind, that this means Pale Fire is wall to wall thumps and bleeps: as the slo-mo house panache of Walk on By shows, Ass­bring’s idea of al­lur­ing dance­floor frills is still about keep­ing things chilled in the Balearic sense of the word. Other tracks (Dark Knight, I Carry the Fire) are sim­i­larly im­bued with noir-ish, shad­owy beats and sweet, ghostly tex­tures. It may not quite place her in the same made-in­Swe­den post-house de­part­ment as Lykke Li and Robyn, but it’s quite a pro­gres­sion none­the­less. elper­rodel­mar.com Down­load: Walk on By, I Carry the Fire

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