JUNO-NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER KANDLE SHARES BRAND NEW SONG LOCK & LOAD
WATCH THE CINEMATIC JAMES BOND-INSPIRED
MUSIC VIDEO HERE
JOIN KANDLE FOR VIRTUAL COCKTAIL HOUR
TOMORROW AT 5PM PST / 8PM EST
TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE
TRACK IS LEAD SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM
SET FOR RELEASE IN EARLY 2021
Toronto, ON – November 12, 2020 – BC-born singer-songwriter, Kandle Osborne, is catharsis personified. Embodying equal parts cabaret chanteuse and ambitious rock singer, she has covered everything in her inky blues-influenced songs; from heartbreak, sexual assault, chronic illness and loss of power, providing an immense release for her listeners with her treacle-dipped voice.
After dropping her Stick Around and Find Out EP this past summer – her first release as an independent artist – Kandle returns with a brand new single, Lock & Load. The first taste of music from her forthcoming full-length record (set to drop in early 2021), Lock & Load showcases a seriously fresh style with an undeniably classic tone – a raw sound that people are so desperate for, in a world of perfection. Fans can join Kandle in celebrating the release with a virtual cocktail hour tomorrow (Friday, November 13 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST), as she goes live with producer, Michael Rendall, and director, Brandon William Fletcher, as they tell stories about bringing Lock & Load to life, and discuss all things Bond. Listen to Lock & Load here, and watch the video here – the greatest spy movie never made!
Recorded in Vancouver’s Hipposonic Studios with British producer, Michael Rendall, Lock & Load – and the rest of the new album – was completed under rather extraordinary circumstances: while under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Tracking for the new music began on March 7th, only days before the JUNO Awards in Saskatoon were cancelled, and the music industry was turned on its head.
“I already had most of the songs written when I asked Michael to produce the album,” says Kandle. “I wasn’t sure what my plan was, having just freed myself of all contracts. All I knew was that I needed to keep making music. We first met in the studio together in London (recording Spell with legendary rock producer, Youth, who Michael engineers for) and became instant friends. I asked Michael if he wanted to try and write a Bond theme song and we wrote Lock & Load in about 15 minutes sending voice notes back and forth, getting giddy and excited!”
Kandle continues, “The actual recording process was magical. We approached it with a very old-school 60s mindset, capturing the band in the room with plenty of spill and imperfection. Lots of first takes and not too many overdubs.”
A visually stunning love letter to the Bond legacy, the video for Lock & Load is the perfect companion to the song’s unapologetically daring and grandiose timbre, punctuated by Kandle’s Shirley Bassey-like vocals.
Director, Brandon William Fletcher, explains: “Your typical Bond title sequence will tease locations, themes, and plot points from the story. It was important to feel like there was a bigger story at play here, so I actually roughed out a whole film plot and character backgrounds to try and influence the visuals. We also have a lot of homages to previous title sequences. Like, a lot of them. We didn’t have two hours to tell a story so relying on the visual short-hand established in previous Bond films helped give the sense of a larger world.”
The ever-present cinematic quality of Kandle’s music comes as no surprise, having both a Video of the Year JUNO nomination and Prism Prize award under her belt for the Not Up To Me music video. She also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation.
Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Neil Osborne (54-40) has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe – including France, China, and the North America – and has collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, such as Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run).
Kandle discovered a true love for music in Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey to name just a few. Strong influences from the fierce female greats of a gone era, Kandle writes, and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of over produced perfection. Kandle sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen, even life’s heaviest moments. 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.