The Glass Child, the brainchild of Swedish-born Charlotte Eriksson, is slated to release her second EP, “This Is How Ghosts Are Made” on December 5th. The EP will be available for download online.
Charlotte Eriksson, or the Glass Child introduces her album with “Tell The World.” And she essentially does “tell the world” about who she is, with her creepy piano chords, beautiful guitars, and powerful lyrics that assure us that she “still alive.” While it’s obvious that Eriksson is alive, it is a wonder that this 20-year-old songstress exists in such musical perfection.
“Insanity” was previously released a single in October; appropriately so with its eerie music box-like intro. Her fragile voice sings forth the lyrics, as if the rather disturbing words dance right off her tongue. Despite her “creepy world” description, Eriksson paints a pretty picture with the song. The insane (kind of bipolar) song goes from slow and calm, to more animated swiftly and easily.
The most radio-friendly and widely appealing song might be “Best Part of Me,” which was also produced by Jason Wilcock (You Me At Six, We Are The Oceans). The track shows that fragile Glass Child has a punk rock edge, giving her the versatility to sustain in the music industry. “Best Part of Me” is a painful post-breakup track with well-crafted lyrics:
And there’s memories of us
In everything I do
And everyone I meet
I just compare with you
I can’t be trusted
I’ll always leave
Don’t ever fall for a girl like meI should have told you from the start
My stories do turn out wrong
You stole my power to stay strong
And then I left you with half of me
And now we’re living miles apart
I got something heavy growing in my heart
I left you to be free
But you were the best part of me
The song is comparable to female-fronted bands like VersaEmerge and Paramore, but it still has Eriksson’s individual self wrapped up in it. The emotions–or lack thereof– in “Hypnic Jerk” are haunting. The Glass Child sings the pain with a bold face, with the soft guitar playing around her voice.
The undeniable beauty sings with such emotion, such etherealism and poetry, that you cannot stop listening to her EP. Eriksson admits to being “insecure” and “creepy little [her],” but her talent overshadows any doubt anyone could ever have about her. “This Is How Ghosts Are Made” is easily one of the best albums of 2011.
While there are a barrage of female indie singers (Ellie Goulding, Kina Grannis), the Glass Child is different–and not just because of her accent. Not only did this London resident produce all but one of her songs–are very well, I might add– but Eriksson started her own record label, ”Broken Glass Records.” The Glass Child also has reached #2 on the Swedish iTunes music charts with her charity single “I Will Lead You Home” (which currently has over 45,000 views on YouTube).
This album is a must-have, regardless of where you’re from or your musical taste. Just listen.
The Glass Child cannot be broken.