Last summer French-Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin took the global stage with her debut track "Big Boy," a stunning display of her vocal prowess, mixing contemporary electronic production with the tried-and-true traditions of jazz and classic pop. Restrained and vulnerable, Charlotte's artistry brings to mind performers like Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware who put their own enticing spin on R&B.
”Like it Doesn’t Hurt” is the new single and a glimpse into Charlotte's minimalist approach towards pop music. Cast over a moody future-pop backdrop, Charlotte’s disarming voice feels wounded and weathered as she contemplates a toxic romance.
The single was born out of the same intuitive melodicism that guides all of Charlotte’s songwriting. Although the words came to her naturally in the moment of the song’s inception, they nonetheless feature a soul-baring specificity. The guest verse by rapper Husser almost functions as a response or reaction to the melancholia of Charlotte’s lyrics, which in turn respond to the toned-down instrumentation.
So, as its title promises, “Like it Doesn’t Hurt” is a lesson in keeping cool.
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