El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro
[Year: 2016 / Country: Sweden / Label: The Control Group]
In recent years, the topic of cultural appropriation in the arts has been as heated as ever. Any artist that dares to draw influence from certain parts of the world is a candidate for criticism. On KoKoro, Sweden’s El Perro Del Mar fuels her radiant art pop with a lush array of sounds from East Asia. Where Grimes’ infectious Art Angels cherished contemporary Asian electro pop, KoKoro is much less confined to modern sounds. El Perro Del Mar pulls inspiration from multiple eras with an obvious love and appreciation. The resulting album is a gorgeous collection of baroque pop songs that’s undoubtedly genuinely and appreciatively indebted to Asian culture.
Favorite tracks: Kouign-Amman, Hard Soft Hard, Nougat Mind