VANESSA CARLTON Premieres Cover of ELLIOTT SMITH’s “Needle in the Hay”

Vanessa Carlton unveils the fifth of six cover songs that she plans to release over the coming months with a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay,” which she premiered on Variety yesterday. The video directed by Patrick McPheron 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. CLICK HERE to watch and to purchase.

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. – Vanessa Carlton

Carlton began her cover song series with her cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” (CLICK HERE) followed by Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” (CLICK HERE), Neil Young’s “Only Love Will Break Your Heart” (CLICK HERE) and most recently Karen Dalton’s “Little Bit of Rain” (CLICK HERE).

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.   

Stay tuned for more music from Vanessa Carlton. In the meantime, please visit for more information.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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