From The Desk Of El Perro Del Mar: Nina Kihlborg

A visit to a musical instrument museum with her toddler son inspired El Perro del Mar’s Sarah Assbring to recalibrate her pop sensibilities and work on what would become KoKoro. It was a “please-touch” museum where they could play the instruments, and Assbring fell in love with the percussion used in Indonesian gamelan music, and with harps from Asia and Africa. KoKoro looks outward, both musically and lyrically, to the world, and rather than a tender clinch, it’s a wholehearted bear hug of global pop sounds. Assbring will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on her.


Assbring: Nina Kihlborg is a young Swedish artist currently studying fine arts at Central Saint Martins, London. She’s an incredibly inspiring person whom I was lucky to work with for the artwork of my album KoKoro. Nina fuses new age and internet culture into a fascinating realization of something similar to post-religion. So deep into her vision, she seems boundless in her art—mixing costume, photography and choreography with painting, etc.

—photos by Nina Kihlborg

More photos after the jump.