Charlotte Cardin’s “Main Girl” offers an inspiring and introspective look into human connection and its relentless effects.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin brings her evocative energy into depicting her fascination with the multi-dimensional aspects of human connection in her latest project, “Main Girl.” Between serving as direct support for Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker) on his current tour, playing festivals all around North America, from Austin City Limits to Bonnaroo, and hitting the top of the Canadian music charts; Cardin is undoubtedly on the rise.
Cardin provides us with a refreshing and resonating wide-ranged journey that delves into the different facets of human emotions and relationships. She does this while revolutionizing her staple in singer/songwriter folk with a fresh fusion of jazz, electronica, and R&B. “Main Girl” inspects the dynamic of various relationships, both romantic and personal, and the associated assortment of human emotions.
The EP is themed by the independence anthem that is, “Main Girl.” The track encompasses “the empowerment of knowing that you deserve a good relationship. It’s the realization that you’re better off alone than not being someone else’s priority, it’s never acceptable to come second,” says Cardin via Atlantic Records.
Banding the new project with her tracks from her earlier debut release in 2016, Big Boy, we see a progression in Cardin’s songwriting and perhaps the state of her personal and romantic relationships in “Main Girl”.“You drag me in your dirt, oh/ Like it doesn’t hurt, no” she eloquently lays on the minimal yet contemporary R&B production. This spotlights her lyrics in “Like It Doesn’t Hurt,” featuring fellow Montreal native, Husser.
Drawing from her early inspirations, Radiohead, Etta James and Celine Dion, Cardin’s haunting yet soulful vocals leave you enraptured in the warmth of her voice. A tranquil yet passionate angst carries through her vocals, illustrating the project’s degree of emotion. “I see she’s got, I see she’s got some thing I don’t / You know I’m jealous in my head,” she sings, “Cause you’d look so good in my bed/ But you really like the bitch,” in “Dirty Dirty,” exploring the envious nature of being infatuated with someone who holds affection for someone else.
“Main Girl” offers an inspiring and introspective look into human connection and its relentless effects. Cardin’s brilliant songwriting, raw vocals, and modest production leave you drowning in a technicolor of emotions.
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