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Song Premiere: El Perro del Mar, 'Hold Off The Dawn'

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Ask Swedish singer Sarah Assbring, sole member of the moody pop group El Perro del Mar, and she'll tell you these are grim times, but not without a flicker of hope. "In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much," she says. "Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It's a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away."

This is the world view behind El Perro del Mar's latest album, Pale Fire, a weighty collection of experimental pop songs that touches on politics, foreign affairs, and more. The latest single from the record, "Hold Off The Dawn," is a meditation on the fleeting nature of joy.

In an email, Assbring says: "You know the feeling when you're with the one you love? When you wished you had the power to stop time? Stay wrapped in those arms — safe from the bleakness of the presence and the uncertainty of future? 'Hold Off The Dawn' is about that."

Pale Fire is out Nov. 13. You can download a copy of "Hold Off The Dawn" from El Perro del Mar's Soundcloud page.

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Robin Hilton is a producer and co-host of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.