El Perro Del Mar - Walk on By

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Artist: El Perro Del Mar
Song: Walk on By
Label: Memphis Industries (eu), Control Group (North America), Ingrid (Scandinavia)
Directed by: Frode an Marcus
Fashion by: A-S Dåvik

From the album Pale Fire

The opening lyrical salvo on Swedish singer El Perro del Mar's Walk on By – the first single from her forthcoming album, Pale Fire – is taken from a line delivered by drag artist Dorien Corey in Jennie Livingston's seminal 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning: "Solitude's my best friend, the one who sees me cry. Tells me I will never need another man to keep my head up and walk on by." It's a lyric about being happy with yourself and remaining strong until it arrives, themes prevalent in the documentary.

The song itself references 90s trip-hop and house, also interpolating lyrics from Massive Attack's Unfinished Sympathy over chunky beats and a dancing bassline. Of the song, Sarah Assbring (for it is she) says: "I love irony in a pop song. Irony gives you the chance to be deadly serious without necessarily being taken seriously. It's also a really good way to write yourself out of a lousy love affair which is the case with Walk on By." For the video – directed by Frode & Marcus and premiered here – the song's 90s influences are taken to their obvious conclusion as Assbring struts around in an oversized shirt in front of oversaturated and abstract images.


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