By Hugh on Aug 6 2006
Before I’d listened to El Perro Del Mar, I assumed they (she, actually, since there’s only one musician and she plays all the instruments) were Spanish simply because the name of the band is. As it turns out, she’s Swedish, not entirely unlike how José González is a Swedish artist. She plays lo-fi, exceedingly mellow pop songs, with a slight touch of retro which is more evident on some songs than others (especially on God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get) and Here Comes That Feeling).
She has the distinction of being the only songwriter (that I know of) who has a lyric that reminds me of Eeyore (“Being sad all day long / what’s the use of talkin’ about it?“). This song is fittingly on the track Sad, and is not nearly as utterly depressing as it sounds. That said, if you are looking for high-energy rock, do not expect El Perro Del Mar to satisfy you whatsoever. If you are instead looking for tunes that would fit right in on a mellow oldies radio station (if such a thing existed!), then start downloadin’ and stop readin’.
From You Gotta Give To Get
God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get) – (MP3, 5 MB)