Kandle is the solo project of Victoria BC native Kandle Osborne, a songstress whose elegiac and moody brand of singing and songwriting reflect a maturity well beyond her years. Having grown up in a richly musical family, Kandle’s artistic nature became evident early on in her study of photography and her love of music. In her late teens she formed the group The Blue Violets with her sister Coral and friend Louise Burns. It was then that she fell in love with songwriting and slowly conquered stage fright, playing guitar in the shadows before being able to focus on her own solo material.
Kandle met her musical partner and co-producer Sam Goldberg Jr, (Broken Social Scene, Yardlets) in 2010, after he approached her to take press shots for one of his musical projects; she agreed, on the condition that he play on some songs she had recorded. Goldberg found himself locked in a basement studio for days working with Kandle, recording guitar and bass, the two of them naturally complementing each other in weaving together a somber, haunting world of longing vocals and dark, eerie guitar lines. Produced by her father, 54-40’s Neil Osborne, Kandle’s debut EP was released to critical acclaim in 2012, following her decision to move to Montreal. With this move, Kandle found herself living closer to collaborator Sam, and to Montreal’s vibrant music scene. The move also found Kandle stepping outside of her comfort zone, leaving behind the relative safety and familiarity of her musical upbringing in Victoria to become a self-reliant artist. Much to Kandle's surprise, she and Sam quickly formed a band with some of Montreal's most credible musicians.
Following the EP’s release, Kandle and the band embarked on tours throughout Europe and Canada including shows at CMJ, Osheaga, Pop Montreal and M for Montreal. Kandle spent much of 2013 recording her debut full-length album, which was co-produced by Neil Osborne and Sam Goldberg Jr. The album “In Flames”, released in March 2014, features first single “Demon”, an eerie rhythmic chant-like song, released in October 2013, alongside a video as powerful as the song itself. Along with the album release, 2014 presented Kandle and the band with an opportunity to showcase the band’s full potential across North America and Europe.
Her new EP Damned If I Do speaks to the loners and the forgotten, navigating the less-travelled corners of sound and feeling with bold, uncompromising vision. Her music provides a light for the lost – ablaze and raging, illuminating the places angels fear to tread.
Damned If I Do, was produced by: John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent), Sam Goldberg (Broken Social Scene) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run).