Erika de Casier found an escape in pop music when she was growing up. Born in Portugal to a Belgian mother and Cape Verdean father, she moved at the age of 10 to the tiny Danish village of Ribe, where she and her brother were some of the only mixed-race kids in school. Music became not just a refuge but a mirror: "MTV was the only place where I saw other Black people," she would later recall.
A second album is never to be taken lightly. Whilst your debut can propel you into the stratosphere, it is your second that decides whether you remain, or if gravity drags you back down to Earth with a vengeance. Many careers have been destroyed by the comfort artists have found in their early success, and following the acclaimed 2019 'Essential' album, I was sceptical about whether Erika de Casier would be able to keep up the momentum that she had established.