Charlotte Cardin: Sad Girl
An R&B tinge to the sound complements the lyrical candour.
By Kerry Doole
Charlotte Cardin: Sad Girl (Cult Nation (Sony Music Canada). Released last Friday, Phoenix is the first full-length album from the Quebec singer/songwriter, but earlier EPs and tracks have already brought her international success. She has headlined a US tour, sold out shows in London and Paris, and made a splash at such major festivals as Bonnaroo, Osheaga, and Le Festival d’Été de Québec.
Her second EP (and major label debut), 2017's Main Girl, brought her two 2018 Juno award nominations, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She has also earned SOCAN Songwriting Prize nominations in both the English and French categories.
This February, Cardin topped the Yangaroo/DMDS charts with Meaningless, and Sad Girl is the latest single from Phoenix. Its cinematic video, directed by Norman Wong (Drake, Halsey), has already brought high viewing numbers. In a label press release, Cardin explains that "Sad Girl is a revenge tale about a girl who has an infinite amount of tears and draws her power through sadness. She therefore seeks sorrow in order to grow and eliminate her enemies (AKA all her exes).”
These sentiments are expressed through her clear voice, one that, along with the production, has a slight R&B affectation this time around. Full marks for lyrical candour too: "Song I wrote the week you left. I got an album from this fucking mess."
To celebrate the release of the new album, Cardin has announced The Phoenix Experience live-stream performance available on April 29. The first ever performance of her debut album will feature exclusive merchandise, while viewers are propelled into an immersive experience exploring cinematic themes that retrace the artist’s journey. For more information, visit momenthouse.com/charlottecardin.
Look for Cardin's ascendant stardom continue to rise.
Publicity: Sylvain Morency, Sony Music Entertainment Canada
Management: Cult Nation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking: Tom Kemp, Feldman Agency