(CelebrityAccess) – Last month, Vanessa Carlton unveiled the fifth of six cover songs that she planned to release over the following months with a cover of Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay," which she premiered on Variety. The video directed by Patrick McPheron, showcases what Variety calls a "haunting cover," and compliments the song's ethereal qualities with an eclectic montage of archival footage including couples dancing, a cross, a city skyline, waves crashing to shore, and flashing lights.
Vanessa states, “This is one of my favorite songs period. Elliott was a great poet and the metaphors in this lyric split me open. This song is a juxtaposition because the song is about excruciating pain and the brutal moments of an addiction spiral and yet it’s formed in this drone-y meditative manner. Such restraint makes the listener have to move in closer. And then it breaks you. I hope I did him justice. He deserves the best.”
Today, Carlton unveils her episode of Spotify's Original Series "The Drop." "The Drop" gives music fans a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the album releases of established artists trying something new or emerging artists releasing a first single – in their own words. Previous episodes have featured artists such as Blink 182 and Flume. Carlton's episode dives into her recent cover song series and her evolution into an independent singer-songwriter.
Thank you, Spotify, for featuring me on "The Drop." It's always nice when fans can get a little more insight into the artistic process. – Vanessa Carlton
She began her cover song series with her cover of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" followed by Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams", Neil Young's "Only Love Will Break Your Heart", Karen Dalton's "Little Bit of Rain", and Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay".
Fans first were first given a taste of Carlton's musical evolution when she released the critically-acclaimed studio album Liberman in 2015 via Dine Alone. The ten songs on the album reflected on Vanessa's current state of mind since moving from NYC to Nashville, marrying husband John McCauley (Deer Tick) and having a baby girl. The simple instrumentation mixed with her wistful vocals and poignant lyrics brought you into her world and showcased a new side to this accomplished songwriter.
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