Charlotte Erikkson is a nineteen-year-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 the 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 Eriksson 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 at previewtheglasschild.tumblr.com. Four of the five tracks are posted here, each displaying the lyrics just in case there was any uncertainty as to Eriksson’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 Eriksson has a tremendously powerful voice. She sways 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—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.