Most importantly I think I’ve been trying to free my mind, to move as seamlessly as possible between whatever genres, to try and create something that feels and sounds unique. In the past I’ve been quite controlling in the way that I work and record, so forcing myself to be freer has been a challenge.
Well, the last two years I’ve been very much into dance music, like old school house and chicago house especially. I think I’ve also been drawn to instrumental music in a stronger sense this time. This album represents me completely where I am today and what I’ve been going through these past two years. My first album represented my life then in the exact same way. In my life as well as musically my fuel is that I’m never fully satisfied, never completely happy. I have to move on, I have to keep looking. To me it’s the purpose of everything and what inspires me to keep going.
This set’s translucent synths, gently gliding beats and all-encompassing aural haze makes Everything but the Girl’s similarly pale fire sound bonfire-like in comparison. The title Pale Fire comes from Assbring’s observation that, when life’s been a bit, you know, rubbish, and lonely, the promise of love and hope is, “a flickering light… a pale fire”.
So she’s not going to be coming on all foghorn Florence any time soon, nor channelling the more combative style of her compatriots Fever Ray or Lykke Li. Hers is more of a shivery presence, like moonlight on flesh. For example, the main instrumental drive of Walk on By (no, not that one) comes from the melodica, as wistful and unassuming instrument that was ever invented.
Occasionally, Assbring might be advised to break sweat, or maybe even break down, such as taking the occasional moans of To the Beat of a Dying World to a more gripping locale. It’s less for the commercial ramifications than a change of mood. In the case of the reggae-like Love in Vain, El Perro del Mar might conceivably mean “The Dog That Blew Away”.
No matter, because Pale Fire is a pale beauty, and if you’re seeking the chill-out Lykke Li (with whom she split a single in 2009) or an equivalent oasis of smouldering calm, Assbring will see you right.
El Perro Del Mar in Deutschland:
15.11.12 Hamburg, Turmzimmer (Übel & Gefährlich)
16.11.12 Berlin, HBC