MUSIC REVIEW: THE GLASS CHILD-THIS IS HOW GHOSTS ARE MADE/SONGS OF AN INSOMNIAC (DELUXE BOX E.P.)
Pleasure to meet you. My name is Tim Harvey and I'm taking over my dear freind Holly's awesome blog with a guest post while she's away sunning it up in Winchester. So check out this awesome new singer/songwriter by the name of Charlotte Eriksson AKA 'The Glass Child' and her new dual E.P. release. This incredible talent deserves all the shine and coverage we can offer. Check her out at www.charlotteeriksson.com.
THIS IS HOW GHOSTS ARE MADE-E.P.
The Glass Child's style and spirit will not be broken.
Charlotte Eriksson is 'The Glass Child'. If you don't know anything about this smashing, sensational singer/songwriter by now then you either aren't familiar with this little blog, or you aren't familiar with incredible rising talent. To say that this Glass Child is the next big thing is not an overstatement. It's evident in her music. To say this young 20 year old is mature beyond her years however is an understatement. It's clear to hear she's so much more than that from her lyrics to the scoring, soaring sound of a talent that moved from her home in Sweden to London and started her own record label, putting out her own music when she was still a teenager.
That's not the only amazing thing about this young lady. Take her last EP-the moniker self-titled 'The Glass Child'-for example. From songs like the crazy, good 'Insanity' to the secret, solitary, solo number 'I'll Never Tell' this was a breakthrough success from the Glass Child that broke more new ground then a girl moving from country to country. Or how about her song for her nation in the inspiring support of 'I Will Lead You Home'? A song that raised money for her home-country Sweden's cancer-organization Ung Cancer in support of young victims. This was good enough to make the number 2 spot on the Swedish iTunes chart and is great enough for us all to lend a helping hand and download in support.
Now after giving so much Eriksson is looking to take centre stage. This breakthrough indie artist of the year has just released her second EP titled 'This Is How Ghost's Are Made' and its is one spirited, heaven sent release. Taking inspiration from everyone from Björk to Paramore and the Counting Crows to Ben Harper, this incredible writer mixes Gothic stylings with lyrics from a songbook of beautiful language like no other. Take the atmospheric 'Tell The World'. The opening lines "A journey on a a broken piece of glass/On my own in a town that has no soul/Learned how, to breathe alone," draw you in like no other as you really get a feel and spirited sense of just how fragile but at the same time strong this young singers heart really is. As the song ends on the note "Like a soldier I resolve/I found a way on my own", it's evident that this strong-minded pioneer and innovator is ready to show us all just what she's made of.
The great 'Best Part Of Me' and the angelic harmonies of 'The Devil's Sin' show us exactly what she's made of. Creative contrasts that are classically considered and not confused or conflicted. Charlotte blends the dark and the decedent, the light and the shadow and the good and the bad all seamlessly into her lyrics and music and it all sounds so great. It all sounds so natural, not worked or hashed out, just her, honest, pure, genuine and spirited most highly. The real best this EP has to offer though is 'Hypnic Jerk', a beautiful ballad that shows just how good this artists brushes of songwriting and strokes of singing can be. As she laments "I'm too numb to feel you/I'm to numb to see you". We feel and see someone who really is a talent of great depth and devotion.
The Glass Child is not another transparent young artist with a guitar, she's someone baring her soul over acoustics for all those willing to see. Take a look now at someone that's taken a different route to get to the mainstream and someone that's going to shatter the notion that success is all about 'industry' or watered down throwaway music. The Glass Child has broken through with some music of real depth for her fans to keep. This is how music is going to sound good again. 'Ghost's' shows the makings of an icon. I believe.
SONGS OF AN INSOMNIAC-E.P.
The Glass Child is still awake with talent.
Christmas has really come early with all that Swedish singer/songwriter Charlotte Eriksson is offering us. Our new artist of the year has just released her second, stellar E.P. 'This Is How Ghosts Are Made' to rave reviews. Not bad for a young girl who moved from her native Sweden to London in an effort to get herself out there when she was just 19. Not bad at all. Now those fans who have purchased the 'Deluxe Box' edition of the Glass Child's smashing new release can unwrap an extra special gift, four bonus tracks under the E.P. name 'Songs For An Insomniac'.
If you think tracks like 'Tell The World' and 'The Devil's Sin' off 'This Is How Ghosts Are Made' are great then you haven't heard anything yet. These 'Insomniac' tales begin with 'Insomnia', an awakening, evocative track were Charlotte hums lulling harmonies over sweet strums. "Too slow/will this night ever end/I'm avoiding/your side of the bed/and the wind is/screaming your name" she sings with mid-night hour beauty.
Then on 'Blood On The Concrete' The Glass Child tells us a tragic, moving tale which reaches new depths. Painting the picture of a family, singing; "Then there's Sarah a little quiet/only wants one thing/to get to know her Dad he left when she was young/he even took her mother's wedding ring" anyone with real heart will be hard pressed not to shed tears with every strum and stroke of this artists brush.
On 'Shades' Eriksson laments lost contact with a friend, but from the beautiful way she writes and the way she sings it's clear the devotion of true friendship is still bonded. "You always used to say/life will find a way", she repeats, remembering it all. As she sings "there's something in the way/people look at me these days/like they know I've lost my fire/like they know I've lost my way", however it's clear to hear this notion isn't true. This hot talent's shine is still burning bright. Charlotte Eriksson has found her life's own way.
"I packed my life in a bag" Eriksson sings to start the final, fitting track 'Leaving and Never Coming Back'. The courageous, honest singer reveals yet another real personal side of her as she tells us the story behind her leaving home. It doesn't get much deeper, realer or more poignantly beautiful then this. "This town has taken too much from me/oh I think I failed my youth". As The Glass Child stares right at success, she isn't afraid to reflect on the troubles of her past to make her stronger. Now how many young women in their twenties are that brave? This emotion of hers is as strong as her beautiful voice or her genuinely heartfelt lyrics. With a "one way ticket in her hand" Charlotte Eriksson AKA The Glass Child is on the path to success and there's no looking back. It's only up from here. TIM DAVID HARVEY.