A lot has happened since Vanessa Carlton made her way downtown with the ubiquitous “A Thousand Miles” in 2001. She’s jumped from major label to indie, wed Deer Tick frontman John McCauley (Stevie Nicks officiated the ceremony, NBD.), given birth to a baby girl, and moved from New York to Nashville. She’s honed in on a simpler sound, one that strips down instrumentation and spotlights her distinctive vocals and impressive songwriting prowess. Most recently, Carlton announced forthcoming EP Blue Pool, a four-song release with Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, BRONCHO). While the EP has two songs that will appear on a full-length to be released later this year—”Take It Easy” and the title track—the other two tracks on Blue Pool are live Living Room Sessions. In anticipation of the release of Blue Pool, Carlton has shared one of the latter in “Nothing Where Something Used to Be.”
“I like to call this song my teen break-up anthem,” says Carlton. “It’s not just for teenagers. Nothing is just for teenagers. The whole ‘do it’ section in the song is about wishing someone was more courageous and open with you. I think nothing is more attractive than someone who is able to show you all their cards. So if you are on a love cliff—that super high and terrifying cliff—jump. Just jump.”
Stream “Nothing Where Something Used To Be” in the player above. Blue Pool is set for release on July 24.