El Perro Del Mar

El Perro Del Mar – the nom de plume of the blonde and delicate Swede Sarah Assbring – first floated into our consciousnesses back in 2006 with the tinny and twee “God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get).” Her latest record, Love Is Not Pop, is just as sweet and pretty and goes one further by introducing a new, previously untapped level of warmth and radiance. Citing Lou Reed as the main influential force behind the record, there is indeed a moody aura hovering over these songs. Where her previous efforts were a bit glassy and timid, Assbring has transformed her music into something smoothly gelled together, surrendering to an expansive, openly emotional range of sounds. The songs are a wash of sleek keys and gently measured drums, topped off by Assbring’s slithering vocals, creating a mystic, grooving quality she can completely call her own. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Feb. 26, 8 p.m., 2010

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