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The Glass Child – The Year I Disappeared

Charlotte Eriksson [The Glass Child] is back with the first song from her forthcoming album.

Launching a crowdfunding campaign for her latest offering Charlotte said “For my last record I said that I wanted to build up storms inside of people; make them think and leave a mark.”

“With this record and with these songs, I’d like instead to throw out a soft blanket during dark nights. I’d like to shelter when it’s cold and comfort when you’re lost. I’d like the record to be like northern lights, lightning up the sky; something to follow when you simply don’t know where to go. Because that’s what those songs did for me. Writings these songs have kept me going.”

“My music has been my lifeline, and my wish is that these songs can be like guiding lights for someone else too.”

I have been a massive fan of the Glass Child’s music ever since I stumbled across her music via Twitter of all things.  If this track is anything to go by I am sure Charlotte will achieve her ambition of wrapping the listener in a warm blanket.  It is a beautiful piece.

The Glass Child – How To Save A Life

I came across Charlotte Eriksson through Twitter of all things.  As The Glass Child Charlotte has the voice of an angel and is one of those fiercely independent artists who works so hard to bring her beautiful music to the world without the recognition she so richly deserves.

Charlotte is currently running a pledge campaign to fund her third album, please support her if you can.

Charlotte’s website is here, she is on Facebook and she tweets as @JustAGlassChild

The Glass Child – I’d like to remain a mystery -Album Review

I posted a few days ago about having discovered the music of Charlotte Eriksson – “The Glass Child”.  Charlotte is giving away an acoustic version of her album “I’d like to remain a mystery” free as a download.  You can download it here.

I promised I would review the album after I had listened a few times and as a result I have had the album on constant play for the last few days.  Now I love acoustic music, if music works in a stripped back acoustic fashion then it works at every level.   What you get here is a great collection of songs delivered with passion and belief.  The lyrics and the incredibly powerful vocals are showcased supported as they are by simple guitar or piano arrangements.

When Eriksson sings “I cant live this unfree, too many things I want to be, I need to go after my dream I’m sorry, I think I have to leave” the beginning of the opening track “Best part of me” you know that you are in for a very emotional ride.  Glass child Give-Myself-lyric

When the second track ‘Consumed by you’ opens with the lyric “I’ll lay the Devils Curse on you, for all those years you put us through” you realise that there is a real emotional investment in these songs.  These are songs of life and love, joy and bitterness, people and places.  They are delivered with passion, honesty and total belief and yet underneath it all I sense a element of vulnerability.

“Letdown” tells a story of a frightened and vulnerable girl, willing to change everything about herself to win approval from a lover.  That vulnerability is also present in “Give myself away”.  As the album moves towards it conclusion you sense a stronger presence, someone who has faced their fears and overcome them, someone with the confidence to state that “When you are left alone, just hold on, I will lead you home”.  You sense that here is an artist with a growing belief and determination, someone who is prepared to chase their dreams.

Eriksson’s vocal delivery is very powerful and versatile.  When the content was bitter I was reminded of Alanis Morissette when she was at the height of her angst ridden powers.  Several of the tracks on this album would be perfectly at home on Jagged Little Pill.  During the more tender moments I was reminded of Bjork and the full band versions of some of her songs would have worked well had they been released by Swedish pop-rock superstars Roxette.Glasschild1

This is a simply superb collection of songs.  I urge you to please please please treat yourself to a download of this album.  It’s free what do you have to lose?  Give it a couple of listens and when you fall in love with it as much as I have then go back to Charlottes website and make a donation or buy some of her music.  You will not regret it.

I for one am counting down the days to 21st October when ‘The Glass Child’ releases her new album.  I have it pre-ordered.  Maybe you will too 🙂  I hope that this will be the release that helps this really talented artist to break through the glass ceiling and get the recognition she so richly deserves.  Look out for my review of the new album “I Must Be Gone and Live, or Stay and Die” at the end of next week.

Nb.  The photographs on this page are taken from the artists website.  If either the copyright owner or the artist would like them removed then please let me know and I will happily remove them.

The Glass Child

Every so often you come across a story that reaches deep down into your soul.  Charlotte Eriksson’s story is one of those.  I came across Charlotte’s story when she started to follow me on Twitter.  I clicked on her profile and saw that she is a musician.  As a result I followed her back as I do for the majority of musicians I come across.  I then went and had a look at her website and listened to some tracks on her Sound-cloud site.  What can I say, I was immediately hooked.  Check it out you will be too.  You can download an acoustic version of her album “I’d like to remain a mystery” here for free!! It would be nice to make a donation if you like it.  I did!  I will be reviewing the album in more detail in the next few days.

The paragraphs below tell Charlottes story in her own words.  It is a story that is all too familiar.  The story of a really talented artist trying to earn a living from her art.  This sort of artist is the perfect antidote to the dreadful dirge we are constantly force fed by the likes of Simon Cowell! the-GlassChild2

The story of The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those you usually see on movies. Only 18 years old she left everything she had and knew, family and friends, and moved to London to dedicate her life to her music and art. A vague dream about reaching out with her music became an everlasting journey about fighting for your right to build a life on your own terms, learning what it means to be an artist and how to make an impact, now with over 29,000 dedicated followers and fans with her on her journey through her social sites like Twitter and Tumblr.

Forward four years and she has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 5 EPs, released her critically acclaimed debut full-length ‘I’d Like To Remain A Mystery’ in February 2013, had her single ”I Will Lead You Home” reaching #2 on the Swedish Itunes-chart, was names Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year by Lemonade Magazine, and been played on major radio such as BBC6 (UK), Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands). In April 2013 she also independently published her first book “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps”, telling the story about leaving, searching and going after your dream. The book was beautifully received and has been widely praised both by her fanbase and by a new literary crowd of writers and readers.

Charlotte is a wandering soul and after spending a year in England with nothing but a guitar and a will to search for something more, playing wherever she could play and crashing at fans’ floors, she has now spent a year in Berlin, Germany. A year of wandering, growing and rediscovering in the new city resulted in what is slowly becoming the biggest journey and achievement of her life so far; a new album, created and funded together with her dedicated following through PledgeMusic. Her Pledge Music Campaign (launched June, 2014) reached 100% within four hours, and after 40 days ended at 249% funded.

“It’s bigger this time. I’m wiser this time. This is not about the final physical product, like a CD. This is about the impact those songs can have inside someone. My mission is to seek those who need to hear those words and melodies and stories, and if I can touch one soul out there and make them feel like they belong, then I will be happy.”

The new album ”I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die” will be released October 21, 2014,
with the first single off the album,”The Fall” out worldwide September 2nd.

”I wanted to turn my life into my art. My very existence into a poem. This is my story – it’s been a beautiful fight. It still is.”

Check out a video of The Glass Child’s latest single – The Fall.  It sent shivers down my spine!