(Article first published as Music Review: Charlotte Eriksson – The Glass Child on Blogcritics.)
Charlotte Erikkson is a nineteen years old singer / songwriter originally from Stockholm, Sweden but recently relocated to London to pursue her musical dreams. That she did so on her own in an effort to prove to others that she could ‘make it,’ evidences a steely determination that belies her more delicate sounding moniker, also title of her debut EP.
It is indeed somewhat ironic that Charlotte is able to exorcise her demons through her music, the delivery of which again contradicts the content. Does she really suffer from self-doubt and borderline self-loathing? And how long can she play this ‘victim’ card? Here we have a young woman who is certainly not as confused in her own mind as she’d have us think!
Time and reaction to this five-track debut will obviously dictate just how long Charlotte can live under the ‘Glass Child’ persona, but for now I have to say that the whole package, both in terms of the music and imagery, is quite inspired and guaranteed to attract attention.
Take a look at the videos on The Glass Child’s blog here: four of the five tracks are posted here, each displaying the lyrics just in case there was any uncertainty as to Charlotte’s previous pains. The ‘videos’ themselves each comprise a series of monochrome still images portraying a young woman more often than not either lying on a bed, falling to the floor, staring out over a watery expanse or actually sinking, fully clothed to the bottom of said watery expanse.
You get the drift?
But while the lyrics of each song are quite disturbing in their own way, the delivery is far from plaintive. On the contrary, Charlotte has a tremendously powerful voice- swaying between the anger of Alanis Morissette, the fragility of Bjork and the power of Paramore’s Haley Williams – and while the tone can often be quite pained, and you can feel the obvious hurt, you also sense that she has accepted her situation for long enough and now it’s time for change.
However, this is not the case with ‘I’ll Never Tell,’ which I think along with ‘Creepy Little Story,’ paints the most vivid of images. (Coincidentally, this is the track with no video feature on Charlotte’s blog – perhaps because it’s too explicit in its content?)
Bear in mind for a second that I’m a crusty old punk (and a shallow one at that) but I’ve got to say that I felt real pangs of emotion when listening to this tale of a woman who will accept an abusive relationship rather than be left on her own.
‘Creepy Little Story,’ deals with Charlotte’s childhood and how the creepy little girl in the song grew up to become Charlotte herself.
If it were all about seeking acceptance, then I would say that as far as the Glass Child is concerned, it’s mission accomplished. Just where Charlotte Eriksson goes from here, we’ll have to wait see. Personally, I think the melodic rock and pop-punk genres are waiting with welcoming arms extended.
(Released through Broken Glass Records and available now from all major download stores.)