by Tiana Feng
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Label: Dare to Care Records
For some reason in the past, I overlooked Kandle. I had not written about her previously on RTT but when I stumbled on her debut In Flames on Bandcamp, I was in love.
The album was co-produced by Kandle’s father, Neil Osborne of 54-40 and Sam Golberg of Broken Social Scene. The result are a collection of 11 songs that are sultry and dramatic. In songs like “Gimme A Pill”, Kandle’s voice has the smoky and timeless quality that is reminiscent of Lana Del Rey. The ex-Blue Violets remember shows off her psych-rock roots with twangy guitar parts done tastefully (“Winter”). I really love the production choices whether it’s the build-up or the moment of silence before a final epic reiteration of the chorus (“Control Me”).
In Flames also has a few guests including Sam Roberts providing backing vocals in “Protector” for added drama as they sing “Why won’t you listen to me?” I’m sure every relationship has moments where couples both ask the same thing. “Baby” recruits former tour mate Coeur de Pirate, a voice that blends smoothly into Kandle’s. “Baby” sounds like a classic, as if it’s been on my playlist for years, to be brought out when depressed so I can tell myself that, “I’d rather be alone”. My favourite of the melodramatic songs is “Not Up To Me”, which best shows off her striking and powerful vocals. This is one vocalist that we will see on bigger stages very soon.