For the New Year, JUNO-nominated singer, Kandle Osborne, and acclaimed fiddler and vocalist, Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea), teamed up to release the Birds EP – a beautiful stripped-down collection of six Neil Young covers.
The pair of long-time friends created the collection on a whim after having an inspired time in the studio working on Kandle’s new full-length album, which is set for release later this year. To round out the organic, three-part harmony-heavy sound, they recruited Debra-Jean Creelman (founding member of Mother Mother) and Dave Genn (54-40/Matthew Goode) to engineer. Kandle explains,
“We wanted to be somewhere else for a spell and it was granted by whiskey, reverb and 6 beautiful, dark tunes from the early 70s. We boarded his silver spaceship looking for respite from the pandemic…”
The project follows Kandle’s wistful Christmas ballad, Christmas Mourn, and brand new single, Lock and Load, which recently saw its James Bond-inspired video earn a nomination for a Canadian Independent Video Award.
Kandle’s mastery of Young’s music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination and a Prism Prize award for her Not Up To Me music video. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix’s, Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 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 into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own.
With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. 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.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.