Today El Perro Del Mar, nom de plume for the Stockholm based Sarah Assbring, has released a never before seen video for “In The Woods” – the long lost song that was released on last year’s deluxe reissue of her 2005 debut album. Watch the “epic” new video now on Pitchfork.
The video, created by director ConnorHurley follows the unveiling of El Perro Del Mar’s first new material since 2012’s electronic based Pale Fire. The new single “Breadandbutter” will live on the upcoming full length, KoKoro, due out later this year via The Control Group. With Kokoro Sarah pushes both herself and contemporary pop music forward. The new music echoes sounds of Thailand, Sumatra, India, Ethiopia and China – as Sarah listened to nothing but Eastern music while creating it.
When discussing the new album Sarah shares, “I felt compelled to go back to the clearness and poetic minimalism of my first album. I’ve also been very set on writing pop songs similarly to the way I did back then. As simple as that but naturally with a twist of some sort.” During the recording of the new material, Sarah revisited those early songs when releasing the deluxe version of her 2005 debut album that housed old demos + rarities.
She continues, “To my surprise, one day I was sent one of the most heartachingly beautiful videos I’ve ever seen set to “In The Woods,” one of those old songs. The extraordinary talented filmmaker Connor Hurley’s epic take on my song “In The Woods” not only is a piece of art in itself, it also manages to tie together a then and now – the idea of the innocent past with the more experienced and corrupt now.”
It is the re-occuring theme of her upcoming album KoKoro and it’s first newly released single “Breadandbutter.” Of the video, director Connor Hurley says, “I was scouting along the Gulf Coast when I first drove through Biloxi, Mississippi, a 24-hour gambling town still recovering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. When I learned of a dwindling Amish community nearby, I knew I had to shoot there and was inspired to create a film that captured a struggle for identity amid the wild polarities of American life.”