British Columbia born, Montreal singer-songwriter Kandle Osbourne recently released her single "How Can You Hurt Me" off her fourth untitled album.
In her songs, she sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered songs, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. While her fourth album, untitled, may have been recorded under extraordinary circumstances (during the current Coronavirus pandemic of 2020), Kandle streamlined her focus and vision. The beginnings of untitled took place long before the days of social distancing and self-isolation, how it began was not too different. "Kandle already had most of the songs written and roughly demoed well before we got in the studio," says London-based-producer Michael Rendall. "We had been working back and forth on [songs] vía iMessage towards the end of 2019."
The premise of the song is essentially about self preservation. Being completely abandoned by a great love with no explanation and thereafter seeking the cold comfort of an unobtainable, simple relationship inept of love.
– Kandle on “How Can You Hurt Me”
Produced by Rendall and performed by some of Kandle’s closest collaborators (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson, Debra-Jean Creelman, Dave Genn, Nik Pesur), the recording exudes confidence, sensuality and maturity only gained by spending an entire life in music. After a few short days of pre-production, "we cut each track and watched the magic of the players unfold," says Rendall. "We recorded everything with an old-school mentality: as few microphones as possible and plenty of room tone. Each song gained its own personality, warts and all."
Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Neil Osborne (5440) has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. There are no gimmicks here, no trite attempts at making playlist-friendly and disposable ear-candy. Instead, this is an artist at her most empowered and authentic. An artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.
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