Artwork Credit: Jeffrey Mitchell

Montreal music industry vet Kandle‘s highly anticipated forthcoming album (due out later this year) is a crescendo of all her years immersed in music, and an intimate knowledge of the many ways this world can break your body and heart. Known as a fearlessly bold and beautifully vulnerable songwriter, Kandle is once again shining through the darkness as a voice for the outsiders and the forgotten.

Kandle shares “Danger to Dream,” in support of International Women’s Day, alongside an official music video directed by LA’s Lauren Graham (who directed the video for 18 hours while breastfeeding her new baby). The video features Kandle performing her heart out as always (even though she was in the midst of a violent endometriosis flare up, rendering her incredibly ill between takes). These two showed no signs of slowing down or compromising their vision; a powerful, beautiful representation of women’s resilience and dedication to their art. They are proud to be women, to be queens of creative risk-taking, the epitome of what Women’s Day is all about.

Kandle also wishes to bring attention to National Endometriosis Awareness Month and Women’s History Month this March. Being a self-produced, independent female artist suffering from this extremely painful, incurable disease (impacting 1 in 7 women!), Kandle hopes to use her voice and platform to help others feel less alone. “A kiss of hope stained on my lips,” Kandle sings of the emotional turmoil of battling a chronic illness and finding the courage to continue living her purpose in the face of the world’s most gaslit disease. “Danger to Dream” is also a tale of trying to wake up from the trance of unworthiness, of the voices in our heads telling us we should be more, have more. A constant comparison of ourselves to the influences we consume and how inadequate they can make us feel.

The Tarantino-inspired “Danger to Dream” music video sees Kandle playing several characters; three different versions of the same girl that are all living “dead end” lives, whose dreams never came true. Tragedy, reality, luck, who knows why, but for whatever reason, they are stuck. Kandle‘s fourth character is all of their darkest negative inner voices personified, driving mercilessly into town to make sure each of them meets their untimely demise. The video symbolizes how often we are our own worst enemy.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mitchell

Recorded by artistic power couple Kandle Osborne and Jeffrey Mitchell, “Danger to Dream” is a haunting, ear-candy, indie banger pulling the listener into the domain of an exotic dancer down on her luck in a dive bar. Kandle and the band continue to capture the essence of alternative trip-hop, while giving the listener the timeless sounds of a Bond film or a Morricone score with trumpets and vibraslaps. The song is sexy and catchy with the strong, poetic, vulnerable lyrics we know Kandle to always deliver, and a rhythmic R&B inspired chorus you can’t help but dance to thanks to the backing vocals of Mother Mother singer Debra-Jean Creelman and the tight propulsive drums of Yato Noukoussi, a sound the band is proud to say has never been done before.

Kandle was first signed at the age of 19 and toured extensively through Europe, Japan, China and North America, collaborating with the likes of Jack White, Half Moon Run, July Talk, Sam Roberts and more. After eight albums and four labels, this female force of nature now owns her entire discography and is ready to be the maker of her own destiny.

Never one to repeat herself or stick to safe, tried-and-true radio-friendly approaches, Kandle explores new sonic influences and collaborations to create her strongest album yet, one that is completely vulnerable and unwaveringly honest; an ode to the darkness that surrounds us and the connections we find in it together. Hypnotic, sexy, vulnerable, edgy, and raw from start to finish. One cannot simply put this artist in some narrow category.

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