Erika de Casier: Still On Tour

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Saturday, April 6, 8 pm
Polaris Hall Humboldt (Portland)
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Erika de Casier isn’t searching for perfection – she’s just trying to show you where she’s at right now. The 33-year-old Danish singer, songwriter and producer built a cult following with her 2019 debut album Essentials, and emphatically built on that “cult” designation with 2021’s Sensational, her first album for 4AD. In the past few years, she’s performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, written for pop stars and sung on hyped dance tracks. But when she ushers you into the expanses of her third album—with a coy “Welcome… it’s gonna be a lot of fun”—she’s inviting you to leave any crass The Nordics’ Next Big Thing or Rising Alt-Pop Star epithets at the door, next to your shoes and coat. De Casier may have won a lot of new fans in the past three years, and a lot of high-profile collaborators, but as this album’s title confirms, she’s the same old Erika de Casier. Still.

As a Dre- or JLo-ism, Still’s title is a wry joke, continuing the braggadocious naming conventions of de Casier’s first two records. Really, it refers to the fact that Still represents a snapshot of de Casier’s life and creative process at this point in time: her increasing proficiency as a producer, which sees her producing other voices (They Hate Change, Shygirl, Blood Orange) for the first time, and working with live musicians in addition to samples; and her continued exploration of what it means to fall in and out of love in the 2020s. Still charts the ups and downs of a relationship, from the puppy love phase through to malaise and heartbreak, while acknowledging that love is a hard thing to find in a world marked by disconnection and career instability.

All of this is to say that Still is classic de Casier – a hard thing to say about the third album of basically any artist other than de Casier, who hit on an idiosyncratic mix of luxuriant electronica and moonlit R&B with her earliest singles, and has spent the years since drilling further into that one-of-a-kind sound, discovering new facets of it with each successive record. “There’s a part of me that wants to satisfy the people that know my music. I don’t want to change too much, but I also want to feed my need to develop, and not be stuck,” she says. “But I’ve found that it’s hard to escape your own sound.”

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