Midnight in a Perfect World: El Perro del Mar

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Joseph Kadow

El Perro del Mar is the alias of Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Sarah Assbring, an artist who's been a relentless shapeshifter since breaking through with her debut release in 2005. Across her nearly two-decade long career, she's explored a wide range of styles that has encompassed doo-wop redux, mystic ballads, electronic dance, loner’s laments, ecstatic love songs, film soundtracks, dance scores, global pop, political pop, existential pop and more. Her 8th studio album titled Big Anonymous is a grief-stricken record that confronts the existential questions surrounding life and death and came out February 16th via City Slang Records.

For her guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World, she's given these selections the sub-title 'Stealing green from the grass and blue from the sky.' Much like her new album, it’s a beautiful, haunting, and hypnotic journey that explores orchestral pop, ambient, jazz, drone, experimental pop, and more.

Artist Title
Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Dennis Egberth, Oskar Carls, Joe Williamson, Niklas Fite Deep Flute duo
Ekkehard Ehlers Play John Cassavetes 2
Tirzah 6 Phrases
Thom Yorke 5.17
Alice Coltrane Going Home
Lee Hazlewood Your Sweet Love
Colin Stetson Behind the Sky
Cocteau Twins Strange Fruit
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Stratus
James Baldwin Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris (Excerpt)
Alabaster DePlume What Can It Take
Mica Levi Blue Shit
Gabriel Fauré Requiem, Op. 46: Pie Jesu
Kali Malone All Life Long


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP's weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ's, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World  is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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