Swedish chanteuse Sarah Assbring, aka El Perro Del Mar, throws us a curveball with her latest track “Innocence is Sense,” a first taste from her yet-to-be-released fourth album, Pale Fire.
Mesmerizing me almost instantly, this new song takes her usual Swede-pop attitude and shifts it toward a more tense, ominous direction. It’s haunting, with dramatically ethereal synths, ghostlike chanting and sweeping electronics.
The accompanying video for “Innocence is Sense” is a deeply interpretive and stylistically symbolic ode to a 1970’s indie noir/horror film aesthetic. The escalading synths combined with subdued visual hues and creepy hypnotics allow her usual vocals to expand into more experimental territory.
The change in direction is yet another thrilling step in El Perro Del Mar’s ever changing sound and sees her reclaim her position as one of the most important females working in Swedish music today. Take a gander at the video for “Innocence is Sense” below and see for yourself.