Shatter Me is the second studio album by violinist and solo artist Lindsey Stirling. It is Stirling’s first album to include collaborations with other vocalists, featuring Lzzy Hale and Dia Frampton, and Stirling has said its musical style is more progressive than her first album. The album was released on 29 April in the United States and 2 May in Germany. The first single, “Beyond the Veil”, was released on 24 March, peaking at number 22 on Billboard Dance and Electronic Digital Songs. The video was posted the following day. The second single, “Shatter Me”, was released on 23 April, accumulating 1.3 million views after one day on YouTube. During its pre-sale, the album peaked at number one on the US iTunes electronic charts.On its release in the United States the album reached number two on the Billboard 200, making it Stirling’s biggest week of her career in terms of sales. The album peaked on four different Billboard music charts.
Songs and Artwork
According to Allvoices, who took part in a call with Stirling, she said that Shatter Me is more progressive than her debut album. The cover of the album features Stirling as a ballerina inside the glass globe of a music box. The title track for the album is the story of the ballerina on the cover who longs for someone to shatter the glass and set her free, only to discover that she is the only one who can break the glass. Stirling said that the album follows a theme of breaking free and that it is based on her own experiences.
“The whole theme of the overall album is about breaking free and learning, so it’s kind of my process that I went to rediscover who I was and be okay with that person and then love that person and share that person. It all started kind of with the theme of “shatter me”—I had to break free from the shell that I put over myself, and so that’s why it’s “Shatter Me”.”
—Lindsey Stirling explaining the theme of “Shatter Me” [ Editor’s Note: “Absolute deceit and manipulation” ]
In an interview with Rock Era Magazine Stirling stated that she was excited to release the music video for “Shatter Me” because “it epitomizes this concept and shows how difficult it is to break out of old habits and have the courage to step out of our comfort zones into the light”.
On the behind-the-scenes video of “Beyond the Veil” Stirling says at the beginning that “Beyond the Veil” was the first song that she wrote for the album and so it is fitting that to her “Beyond the Veil” represents a kind of self-discovery.
According to an article on Blabbermouth.net the duet Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale made for the title track of the second album was a complete change. Regarding how her collaboration with Lzzy came about, Lindsey said “this song is very, very—obviously—different for a Lindsey Stirling track, because I’ve never written lyrics before; I’ve never gotten to blatantly say what I feel.”
In an interview on 27 May 2014 with azcentral, Stirling said “I have 100 percent creative control. If anyone ever tells me, “We don’t like that song,” it’s kind of like, “Well, I like it. Too bad. I’m sorry.” Album artwork? I get to make the decisions on everything.” Regarding the goals of the album she said “I feel like I honestly wrote the album I wanted to write, which is really cool.” [ Editor’s Note: “The illusion of control” ]
Learn more about the concepts, principles and symbolism behind the subliminals found in these album covers:
SHATTER ME (2014): PROJECT MONARCH (Occult Symbolism)
A. GLASS GLOBE: Represents the mind/psyche, while trapped inside the globe symbolizes the imprisoned state of the Monarch Slave (Lindsey Stirling).
B. “SHATTER ME”: An audaciously veiled reference to the “shattered” mind of a victim through trauma.
(Disgracefully implying that victims such as Lindsey, consent or beg to having their mind shattered. This title is a prime example of just how victims/slaves are controlled and manipulated once programmed).
C. CRACKED GLASS: Symbolizing the splintered/shattered mind of the victim (Lindsey Stirling).
D. FIGURINE (STATUE): Classic symbol for mind control, while the motionless (statue) state symbolizes dissociation and total control imposed over the Monarch Slave.
E. BLACK SUN: The record Lindsey is standing upon represents a subliminal Black Sun. A symbol for the dark occultists who control the entertainment industries.
For more information and examples of occult (hidden) symbolism, visit the Project Monarch page.
SHATTER ME (2014) – MUSIC VIDEOS
First Published: Jun 3, 2014 – Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014