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The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson
 
For fans of: Ellie Lawson, Alanis Morissette, Markéta Irglová, Chantal Kreviazuk, Dido


 
Before we begin, I will issue the disclaimer that what follows is rooted in metaphysics. However, to discuss an artist like The Glass Child, it is necessary to delve into the fundamental nature of who we are and what touches us emotionally. 

 


In life it is often the quiet, unobserved moment that can have the most profound impact on our psyche. The instant of solitude following a spat with a lover, the silent triumph of opening an acceptance letter, the sorrow of coping with the death of a loved one: all these events linger in the unexplored recesses of our subconscious and yet greatly inform who we are as individuals. It is the expurgation of these emotions from the internal to the external that creates great art: the articulation of the universality in often unexplored emotions. What frequently attracts individuals to performers is the feeling of intimacy their material establishes between its creator and the audience. We see our emotions reflected in the art, identifying on a personal level with the musician, painter, poet, author, or dancer. The Glass Child as a group absolutely embodies this principle.
 


If Alanis Morissette were writing music for Markéta Irglová, you’d wind up with The Glass Child. Singer/songwriter (and Trent Reznor of the project) Charlotte Eriksson’s songwriting possesses an inherent vulnerability and candor without the standard contrivances or safeguards of pop-music. On, “Who Am I,” the groups’ most recent single (being released on November 27), her lyrics are pensive, the orchestration understated and dynamic, and her voice tremblingly passionate on every note. 


The chorus of the song is plaintive, yet powerful. She sings: 

“I’m dropping wax in the mid of my palms now

Open up, feel the wound, pour the salt

And I am slow-walking after my call

He’s calling me


I spend my days making up for the passed one

Holding on to my life best I can 

Come throw me into the eye of the storm

Just come give me some more


Who am I?”

 

We see the machinations of her mind, with feelings of trepidation and inadequacy embroiled in a war with her quiet determination to pursue her dreams and resolution to be true to her passions. The track is certainly not overproduced, yet it’s absolutely listenable. Her previous release, “Letdown,” is ballsy and bluesy with a touch of Paramore in its presentation. In short, Charlotte is a rare breed of artist and well-worth a listen. She’s even in the process of authoring an autobiographical book entitled Empty Roads and Broken Bottles.

 


Charlotte recently sat down with AmpKicker to discuss her various projects, inspirations, and artistry. Enjoy! 

 

AmpKicker: I’ll begin by saying thank you for taking a moment to chat with us, Charlotte. It’s immensely appreciated! On behalf of the AmpKicker staff, we welcome you! I hope you’re seated somewhere comfortably. hehe

 

Let’s begin with your band name. What is the origin of The Glass Child
 
Charlotte: The Glass Child comes from when I was younger. I was always very guarded and I never really trusted anyone, and so people always used to say that it was as if I was living behind glass – they could see me but never really reach me. It stuck with me and when I wrote my first song it was about how I often felt very easily broken, like just a word from someone could ruin my confidence, even though I’m a pretty strong person. My first song was called, “The Glass Child,” and releasing music under the name now kind of reminds me of why I started to write music in the first place. It reminds me of my roots. 
 

Where does your material emanate from?  Do you feel you write autobiographically, or do you have a persona as a writer? 
 
All my songs are about real things that I’ve been through, felt or seen. The reason to why I write music in the first place is to figure myself out in different situations, so yes, they’re very autobiographical. 
 

There is a feeling of quiet desperation that swells during the course of “Who Am I,” and “Letdown,” but overall the tone feels hopeful in both. Do you see the pieces as triumphant, reflective or wistful? (Or none of the above…)
 
I’d say all of the above. When I write my songs, they’re always born out of this explosion of unbearable emotions or thoughts, so when I write them it’s out of desperation. But then as I develop them and as they grow with me they turn into hope because whatever I was writing about obviously created this piece of music, and hopefully I learned something and in any way I made it through, so I always feel hopeful when I sing. That’s the beautiful thing about music though, that something sad can turn into something beautiful.

 

When should we expect your new full-length album? What other material will you feature on it? Will there be any songs that we may have heard or seen previously on your YouTube channel?
 
My full-length will finally be released in the beginning of 2013, probably with one or two more singles before that. The album is the gallery of all my different personalities and passions, from acoustic songs to bigger and rockier parts. It’s kind of about everything I’ve been through and grown to be during this journey, from finding your home, finding yourself, learning love, learning life and some songs are just really hooky! There are a few songs you’ve already heard but with new arrangements and productions. 

 

 
 
Do you feel you seek to adjust or alter your sound for evolution’s sake— or is your material most-often indicative of your personal mood and evolution?  
 
The moment I decided to dedicate my life to this, I promised myself to never ever compromise myself or my art. This is all I have and all I do, and I never did this for any other reason than to fulfill myself and my own mind. It doesn’t mean it’s not hard though, as a young girl to always get opinions from people who doesn’t even know what you’re about. I’ve had people telling me that they can help me, “become someone,” if I change how I look, how I sing, how I talk… etc. etc. You just have to be so sure about what you want and who you are that these opinions don’t get to you. I’m still working on that part, but no, I’m never gonna compromise my music for anyone.  
 

Who are your major influences? There are many artists I identified in your sound, but your material is unique in that it feels like an amalgam of disparate voices that you manage to channel into your own.
 
I listen to so many different genres and bands, and before being a songwriter I (was) the biggest fan of music. So I guess I’m influenced by a lot of bands. Some bands I’ve always listened to are Brand New, Ani Difranco, Ben Harper, Hanson and Trevor Hall. I’m also reading a lot so literature is definitely a huge inspiration, just like other art-forms like dancers and visual art.
 
 

As a songwriter, do you prefer to be musically insular when creating material or are you mindful of contemporary movements?  
 
I’d like to see myself as an artist in all kinds of ways. I’ve been working with dancers and I’d like to do it even more in the future, I’d like to collaborate more with visual artists and I’m pursuing my writing more than ever, so I definitely don’t wanna be stuck in just being a songwriter. Music is always gonna be my home though. 

 

How do you make the choice for instrumentation on a track? Do you hear the elements as you’re writing, or do you experiment during the recording process? 
 
I often hear the production in my head when I write the song, and that’s why I’ve been producing and recording all of the songs on the full-length myself. The songs always grow while playing it with my live-band though, and the guys that are recording with me are bringing their elements and personalities to their parts, but I always have a very clear image of how I want it to sound. 

 

Is there any particular factor that leads you to choose the material you cover?
 
It’s just songs that I love and often listen to a lot by the time and feel like playing it, and then sometimes (I should to it more often) I remember to turn the camera on!
 
 

How did the concept for publishing a book germinate? When do you plan to release that? 
 
I just really love writing and I’ve been doing it my whole life, and my biggest passion is literature and the history of literature. Just like songwriting it’s just another way for me to breathe. The idea of actually writing some kind of book came from this last year that I’ve spent homeless on the road trying to find my way and some kind of purpose. I just felt like I’ve seen all these things and learned all these beautiful lessons, and it would be a shame to not share it. I’m also gonna give away an e-book about being an independent artist with tips and lessons to young bands who wants to build a life on this.
 

 

What are your desert-island top-five albums?
 
Only five?! 

 

I’m sure we can forgive you running over a bit. It’s hard to narrow down, I know. 

 

Counting Crows – August and Everything After
 
Ben Harper – Welcome to the Cruel World
 
Trevor Hall – This is Blue
 
Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors
 
Ani Difranco – Dilate
 
And I have to add Hanson – Underneath!
 

Any artist living or dead to collaborate with (could be recording, tour, or simply write with—)?
 
So many! I’d love to just be in the same room as Adam Duritz from Counting Crows, he’s a huge inspiration and my favorite lyricist.

 

What is the best live show you have ever attended? Or if that’s too difficult to pin down, what’s the first live show you ever attended? 
 
I’m from Gothenburg in Sweden and there we have like one or two bigger venues and not a lot of bands come to play there, so when I first moved to London I went to so many amazing shows. One of the most memorable was probably when I saw Deaf Havana at Barfly in London. The crowd was like one big family and the whole room was just in a different universe. 
 
 

Finally, because I’m a goon, who would you consider to be your favorite British artist of all-time? (Mind you, I will deduct points if it’s not Elvis Costello…)
 
Honestly, before I moved to England I kind of only listened to bands from America, and it’s not until now that I’m actually getting into the British scene a bit, so I don’t really know about the ”best of all-time..”. I’ve always been a huge fan of Coldplay though, and now I’m listening a lot to Ben Howard. I also have to recommend everyone in the whole universe to check out a band called What?!  They’re some of the most talented musicians I know, and the best people and they make the most amazing music. They just released a new single so check it out at http://www.facebook.com/whatofficial
 

Thank you, my dear. We are immensely pleased to have had a chance to hear from you! Best of luck with the upcoming album and your other projects!!!

 

Swing on by these sites to see what Charlotte is up to and to procure some of her wares! You’ll be glad you did! 

 


http://www.charlotteeriksson.com/twitter
https://www.facebook.com/theGlassChild
http://www.charlotteeriksson.com/
http://theglasschild.bandcamp.com/music
http://theglasschild.bandcamp.com/merch

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