El Perro Del Mar – ‘Pale Fire’

This is what Robyn would sound like if she were a bit more human

Sarah Assbring’s fifth album is what fellow Swedish lady Robyn would sound like if she were a bit more human. That’s not to say Robyn’s lonely-robot electro isn’t totally great; just that Assbring takes the blueprint to warmer places, the difference between touching human flesh and metal. Most impressively, every song on ‘Pale Fire’ sounds a little like Yes’ 1983 hit ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’. So while the slowed-down ’90s house of ‘Walk On By’ is lush as a jungle and ‘Dark Knight’ will make you feel as good as when you clear a blockage of water from your ear canal, the temptation to yell “OWNER OF A BROKEN HEART” at every possible opportunity is overwhelming. Confusing, in a fun way.

Tom Howard