Track Review: Alice Glass – Stillbirth
by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)
Coming off the settling dust that was the tumultuous departure from the polarizing Crystal Castles, Alice Glass (@ALICEGLASS) is back: pissed and full of glowing hope. Perhaps drawing from her experience with the break, as well as another turbulent and damaging personal relationship, the first proper single from Glass came yesterday via her website and soundcloud. With it, a deeply personal story depicting Alice’s struggle and eventually severance from an abusive relationship she is finally happy to be rid of. Not only is this a self-affirming single, it is also a rally cry for those suffering in similar, often silent situations to seek help and fight for a better tomorrow. An empowering and pure statement that is paired with an equally pure track ‘Stillbirth’.
Those familiar with Alice’s work will be drawn in with an immediate harshness that has not left her music stylings. Loud sliding distorted samples bring us into the bright darkness Alice has created with a transition into blasts of noise and Glass screaming in the middle of this aural assault that she’s “waiting, waiting, waiting for you to die”. An impassioned request coming from a search for freedom and destruction of the old tortures she’s been subjected to. Mirrored by the blown out beat that plods on methodically but not without depth and speed making this anthem not only dance worthy, but a phoenix cry, a mission statement of rebirth and renewal. In a quieter moment, reminiscent of ‘Celestica’ and ‘Not In Love’, Glass gives us her mantra for a new era:
“I want to feel like a wasted case,
I want to feel like a waste of space,
I want to start again
I want to start again…”
There is no question here, Glass is done and over it, looking for a fresh start amid the rubble of what she has made worthless by her powerful, finally evicted hands. This new leaf overturned, or crushed under the heel of her boot is paving the way for a very interesting first release, as of now unconfirmed.
Though fast and violent with a silent touch, this track makes me feel as though I too should find a new path. Truly inspiring and invigorating, I wait with baited breath to see what comes next.
Alice even teases another song to accompany this one at the end of her note: “There is a sister song to Stillbirth that I hope to release soon, she is a lullaby and she can’t wait to meet you.”
Sing me to sleep Ms. Glass.
All proceeds of any purchase of the single will benefit non-profit organisations like RAINN which helps victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and incest.
The track was produced and co-written by Jupiter Keyes and released without a label.
You can listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/aliceglasss/stillbirth
or on alice-glass.com, where it is also available for purchase.
Donations can be made directly to RAINN here: https://donate.rainn.org as well as Alice’s own website.
[Photo and quote courtesy of: alice-glass.com]