Charlotte Cardin has released her long-awaited and highly-anticipated new album, Phoenix.
Opening with the R&B-influenced sounds on the album’s title track, Cardin sets the tone for her album, weaving in and out of her chest and head voice as she sings lines like, “Take a second to show me/ How to burn and to rise/ I could swear I’m changing.” From the catchy alt-pop anthem “Passive Aggressive” to the wailing, explosive ballad “Meaningless,” Cardin’s debut album doesn’t feel like a debut at all, it’s far more finessed and nuanced than a first album.
“I have always been torn between my true desires and what I choose to present to the world,” Cardin explains. “This conflict of will has gotten me to feel very empty at a young age and is still something I struggle with. Making this album took two years, because I started the writing process trying to keep control over what I wanted to show. It eventually became obvious, though, that I needed to embrace accessing those true impulses for my music (and my life) to make any sense whatsoever. The more I realized certain things about myself in the process, the angrier I got for not understanding them earlier. This conflicting loop of shame versus growth gave birth to Phoenix.”
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While Phoenix still calls back to the sounds on her previous EPs Main Girl and Big Boy, it sees Cardin exploding into a powerful, genre-bending sonic landscape, delivering R&B anthems with an alt-pop sensibility.
Ultimately, Cardin’s vocals stand at the forefront of this effort, as she offers up a powerful control with ease, knowing when to pull her vocals back and the perfect time to wail and really give it her all.