Kandle’s playlist

Kandle, Canadian singer-songwriter and daughter of 54–40 frontman Neil Osborne, is back from hiatus hell with her new album Holy Smoke.

“Basically, over the last four years I was stuck in contract BS and was unable to release new music,” Kandle told me as we stood together in the streets of downtown Rouyn-Noranda back in September.

We were both in town for the Festival de Musique Émergente (FME), an acclaimed summer music fest in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec.

Our interview was just moments before the singer sadly cancelled her show and all press engagements due to illness.

I could tell Kandle was feeling rocky and under the weather, but she didn’t let that stifle her enthusiasm about her upcoming release.

“I’m really excited about releasing my album and it feels great to be back,” she said. “It took me a very long time to get free.”

Now signed to Sleepless Records, a Toronto-based independent record label, Kandle unveiled Holy Smoke an uncompromising collection of 11 tracks.

“While I was in hell, I wrote a whole lot of music. So, Holy Smoke is 11 random songs, there’s not really a theme throughout,” she said of the album. “But I show a wide range of style, dynamic and what I like to do musically.”

And what Kandle likes to do is swamp rock. She likes her music dark and moody with a little noir soul and haunting rock n’ roll flavor. Think of the soundtrack to HBO’s True Blood or imagine tunes fit for a Tarantino flick. That’s Kandle and that’s Holy Smoke.

“I like things being theatrical,” Kandle added. “I like when I close my eyes and I can see a story with it. That’s just how I work. I started in visual arts, I did a lot of painting, drawing and photography. When I started writing music, it always had visuals with it. I guess that contributes to the cinematic approach when I’m writing.”

Speaking of theatrical and cinematic music, I asked Kandle to curate a playlist of songs that her favorite movie soundtracks wouldn’t be the same without.

Blade Runner: Main Title
Django:  Django – Rocky Roberts & Luis Bacalov
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Main Title)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?: O Death – Ralph Stanley
Pulp Fiction: Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon – Urge Overkill

Get Kandle’s album Holy Smoke on iTunes here.

Kandle is set to perform at Minotaure in Gatineau on Saturday, October 20, at Montreal’s MTelus on Tuesday, October 30 and at Lula Lounge in Toronto on Tuesday, November 6.

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