BlackBook Exclusive: Montreal Songstress Charlotte Cardin’s Iceland

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You might have guessed it – but oui, there is a French language version of The Voice in Canada. And in the first season of TVA’s La Voix in 2013, an 18-year-old girl from Montreal named Charlotte Cardin dazzled with her ethereal presence.

Main Girl, her US debut EP, was released by Atlantic this past week. It’s replete with soul-baring yet strikingly sophisticated, jazz-inflected confessionals, the lyrics exhibiting a remarkable depth of wisdom for her age. Indeed, on the title track she admonishes, “you misunderstood me all along.” And the startlingly self-possessed “Dirty Dirty” finds her gracefully acquiescing “You’re a mess in your own way / So let’s mess it up together”

Her alluring voice is at once self-assured and fragile – and through all the contemporary cool, one can readily make out the influence of one Billie Holiday.

For the haunting video accompanying first single “Main Girl,” Charlotte found herself fittingly wandering the isolated landscapes of Iceland. BlackBook asked her to share a few of the highlights of her visit.

 

The Place

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see many of Iceland’s most famous sites, as we were there on a mission. That being said, the landscapes that were filmed in nature are mind-blowing and definitely worth the trip.

The Shoot

We went a bit rogue when shooting the video, as no matter where you place the camera, the landscape was breathtaking. It’s a bit surreal to be amongst massive glaciers and all that natural beauty.

The Locals

Icelandic people are incredibly friendly and accommodating. We were made to feel at home no matter where went.

The Food

One night, in the basement of the Sæta Svínið Gastropub, the whole team and I did some karaoke. We had a blast!

The Drink

One of the guys from our team tried Iceland’s famously strong Brennivín (like a schnapps) – but maybe not something for everyone’s taste, haha. A lot of drinks were made with the Icelandic vodka called “Reyka.” It has a hint of vanilla to it.

A Secret

We usually have to use fake smoke on our shoots; but this time it wasn’t necessary because of the volcanos!

 

(N.B. Charlotte launches a North American tour with Nick Murphy – fka Chet Faker – this Friday at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. They’ll play Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on October 3.)