Listening to Charlotte Cardin for the first time is an amazing experience. The artist has one of the most soothing and recognizable voices I have heard in a while and the atmosphere she creates with her songs is simply precious.
Combining relaxing and joyful soul/jazz melodies with her mellow vocals the artist also effectively incorporates quality lyrics which can easily shift between different moods. It’s worth looking into her for sure.
The first thing you will notice in Charlotte is her amazing voice. Jazz and soul vibes are radiating from her mellow vocals to create an atmosphere of coziness.
There is no lack of melancholy, nostalgia, pain, love, or desire as well. You can almost touch the emotion with which the artist performs and her lyrics untie well-shaped metaphors with simple details and real stories. It is definitely a great combination.
One thing to note – sound, lyrics, and video/imagery work together to create the final result
It seems that Cardin is extracting inspiration directly from her life and experiences and (as she herself states) from human beings and their relationships. Self-respect, desire, broken love, intimacy, passion – all topics circulating around her discography right next to the jazz melodies, organic presence, and comforting voice.
I had to dive deep into her work simply because I couldn’t resist it. The bad thing is the jazz princess doesn’t have a huge amount of songs released yet, but the good thing is there are most likely a lot more to come.
Main Girl (2017) is an EP containing most of her discography (including songs form 2016’s Big Boy EP) and I definitely think it’s a must hear. The six songs encapsulate the essence of Charlotte Cardin – her irresistible charm, the voice which can comfort you during tough nights of self-reflection, the beautiful instrumentals, and the emotion-hitting lyrics and storytelling.
Main Girl is a great introduction to the art of Cardin. She plays with her voice in several different ways during the course of the song to bring out different emotions and she does it wonderfully.
Numerical progression and clever metaphors are used well to give the song the inspirational and highly empowering final message – self-value dignity, and never settling with being a second choice or back-up option.
The song is simply beautiful and the message is as relevant as it gets.
Dirty Dirty is a slightly different song that gracefully picks up some of the elements of Main Girl.
An elegant acoustic intro sets the mood and the main topics of the song perfectly well. Dirty Dirty blends several different elements together to create a beautiful mess of thoughts and emotions. Slightly sexual at times, showcasing desire, admitting jealousy, hiding pain – the song is a rollercoaster directed by the stunning voice of Cardin. Leading to track number three.
There is something magical about Paradise Motion. An unexplainable feeling of comfort and warmth despite the negative situation which the song explores.
It is one of the catchiest songs Cardin has put out yet with its smooth build-up to the explosive chorus. Once again uplifting melodies and Charlotte’s confident voice contrast the lyrics and bring a relatable story to life with a hopeful undertone.
The video makes this so much better
One of the more different songs by Cardin is her collaboration with the Canadian hip-hop artist Husser – Like It Doesn’t Hurt. The song displays how intriguing of a combination jazz and hip-hop can be. It brings the best of two completely different worlds. The song changes the mood several times to display the development of a love story in the most understandable and relatable way possible.
The track has a trippy, melancholic feel – it is slow, gradual, and feels like it will keep going forever. The balance between Charlotte’s level-headed vocals and Husser’s controlled rap verses is also impressive.
Before the final track of the EP, Big Boy once again brings out the broken love vibes. It contains illustrative lyrical content and catchy melodic elements to prove its point making it another one of Cardin’s great tracks. However, the highlight of the EP is the final song.
The video! So good!
The Kids is one of Cardin’s most powerful songs in my eyes. It is highly emotionanl, quite delicate and shows a different part of the artist’s competences.
The song and video complement each other well showing fragments of uneasy memories and making the concept even more clear and powerful. The Kids hits hard and explains how a bad relationship and a few wrong choices can affect other people’s lives in a devastating way.
It is one of those songs which you enjoy hearing and often play as a reminder just in case.
The short but memorable journey through Charlotte Cardin’s repertoire is an interesting ride. There is something powerful in the artist’s simplicity and natural approach towards music and imagery – something that feels right.
What she has done so far is one great start gifting listeners the several precious songs to keep close to their hearts until the artist returns with another impactful jazz masterpiece. But really, who knows what she might be up to next. I’m looking forward to finding out.
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