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Album of the Week: Erika de Casier

On Erika de Casier’s third album, we take a dazzling dive into hyperpop with soulful depth

Erika de Casier, a Danish-Portuguese singer, songwriter, and producer, has garnered acclaim for her unique blend of R&B, pop, and electronic music since her debut Essentials. Drawing from her multicultural background, she infuses her smooth vocals, nostalgic melodies, and modern production to create a distinct sound that has earned her comparisons to iconic artists like Aaliyah and Janet Jackson. Erika once again showcases her ability to craft sultry vocals and introspective lyrics on her highly anticipated third album Still, cementing her status as a rising star in the realm of alternative R&B.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” assures Erika de Casier when introducing her third album, Still. Here Erika leaves behind the sensuality that has often characterised her work. Transforming into a diva, she’s instead turned her hand to hyperpop and doesn’t simply skim the surface of the genre.

With complex electronic sounds, the album has a soul spirit with a touch of autotune and presents the image of a woman in love. The synthetic aspect is consistently counterbalanced by the use of acoustic guitar, harp on the tender “Anxious,” piano borrowed from noughties pop and even modernised English jungle on “Lucky,” which is pacified by tracks like the very intimate and successful “The Princess”. Still goes straight to the heart. It’s a testimony to the diversity of its creator, from electronic Indian melodies to synths imitating the phrasing of sitars on “ooh.” The single “ice,” which features Florida duo They Hate Change, brilliantly sets the tone for the album, while “Twice,” with whispered vocals, proves Erika de Casier is a master of melodies and knows exactly how to call on her roots to create her own distinctive sound.