Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, electro-pop, trip-pop, jazzy, folk, ethereal.
Background/Info: German Bianca Stücker is what we can easily call a ‘total artist’. She’s not only a musician, but also writing novels, running her own tattoo studio, teaching oriental dance and tribal fusion. She got involved with several bands and now released her debut solo-work, which has been co-produced by Winus Rilinger (The Eternal Afflict, Inside). He also added some extra synth lines.
Content: First of all this artist has a very particular timbre of voice. The vocals have something ethereal and bewitching, but other passages have been sung in a smooth way. Most of the songs have been composed by electronic gear, but Bianca Stücker also added harpsichord- and hammered dulcimer playing. It creates an authentic touch supporting the songs.
The songs cover a wide range of influences, moving from ethereal and medieval towards trip-pop, jazz, folk and cinematographic music.
+ + + : “The Glass Coffin” is an atypical composition for the impressive canvas of influences that have been used. Bianca Stücker clearly has a lot of ideas to exorcise and the least I can say is that she did a passionate and sensitive way. The music and the vocals are in perfect harmony. I however get the impression that the music has been composed to bring the vocals to a higher level. The use of authentic instruments also is a noticeable and artistic element of the work. It injects a real soul in the sound while resulting in several cool songs. Last, but not least I also have to say a word about the great and here again artistic digipak and booklet, which says that much more than simply discovering this album on a streaming platform.
– – – : The single reproach I can imagine is the lack of cohesion between several songs. The influences are that varied it sometimes gives you the impression listening to a compilation or a soundtrack.
Conclusion: This album took me by surprise, but it takes a few songs before I really got convinced. The second half of the opus is moving crescendo taking my last skepticism away.
Best songs: “The Thief”, “Shine Your Light On Me”, “Ephemerality”, “In The Parlor”, “Sparks Of Bliss”.
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