Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Louise Cartier

3rd May 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

I was quite intrigued by the place Seven Sisters and started wondering about the origin of its name. Having been fascinated by witches from a young age and unaware of the seven cliffs, I imagined that the seven sisters were seven women convicted for witchcraft. 

What did your songwriting process involve?

I made actual historical research to write this song; gathering information on witch trials and tortures from the 16th to the 18th centuries in France, Spain, Holland, England, and North America. I then wrote a poem in the style of Atwood’s Half Hanged Mary, including all the details I had discovered in my searches. 

Is there are story behind the song?

The story is set in France around the 16th century, in a small village. Seven women are accused of sorcery by hateful neighbours – this was often the way witches were denounced. Whether this is true or not, the women are convicted and condemned to death by hanging. The irony in the story is that the mischievous ones are actually the whistleblowers for gossiping and denouncing innocent people. 

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Dark. Haunting. Folky.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

BIMM is full of resources but I think the people you meet there are the best. Tutors or students, they are all incredibly talented and inspiring. 

Author

Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.