If the lushly produced synth pop of Eefje de Visser had to be described in one word, "Bitterzoet", meaning ‘bittersweet’, would certainly be a good choice. But the title of the Dutch singer-songwriter’s fourth album also makes sense from another artistic perspective. Never before has her music sounded this full of longing, yet firmly rooted in the present, confronted with an era that is equal measures fear and hope. The single "Stilstand" summarizes all of that, not only literally:
Ethereal vocals waft through aquatic synthesizer soundscapes with the elegance that has always been De Visser’s trademark, but which now truly comes to the fore. The Benelux countries have hailed her as a star for years, and now the rest of us are starting to realize just how much of a pop visionary this woman is.