The Sounds of Motown Via Sweden
A one-woman band starring Swedish singer Sarah Assbring, El Perro Del Mar could pass for an alternate-universe Motown sensation. Assbring's minimalist sound incorporates touches of jazz and a heavy blend of orchestral strings in a way that finds room for both darkness and uplift.
On "God Knows (You Have to Give to Get)," she locates a hauntingly pretty, simple, oft-repeated melody. Her subtly bouncy chorus benefits immeasurably from the collision of unlikely elements, from Assbrings innocently emotional delivery to the waves of remarkable strings.
Both dramatic and playful, the result sounds lovably gentle and impeccably crafted: Assbring conveys vulnerability and pain without histrionics. A sweetly simple, gorgeous song, "God Knows (You Have to Give to Get)" captivates with subtle emotions and few words.
Listen to yesterday's 'Song of the Day.'
Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.