Vanessa Carlton is getting ready to record a new album. But first, she’s keeping fans happy with a stream of six covers over a span of six months. Following her covers of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” in March, Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” in April, and Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” last month, Vanessa is now tackling bluesy folk music. Her newest cover is of “Little Bit Of Rain,” a 1960s song written and first done by Fred Neil and later recorded by Karen Dalton.
Vanessa spoke to Elle about recording the melancholy folk song:
The original version of this song was sung by Fred Neil, which is so different from the Karen Dalton version. I actually studied Fred’s version for this. Karen’s interpretation makes me cry and I could never mimic her. We ended up doing this song in one take to tape—an ode to another time.
She also described how its accompanying music video was inspired by Barbra Streisand’s “One Less Bell to Answer” video:
We wanted to do something super simple and performance-based, but have a moment where I split in two and duet with myself just like Babs did. This was a great excuse to wear fake bangs.
Watch Vanessa’s music video for “Little Bit Of Rain” below:
You can stream or download Vanessa’s “Little Bit Of Rain” cover at all the major music providers here. Be sure to check out her previous covers, too. She covered Robyn’s “Call You Girlfriend” in March, Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” in April, and Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” last month.
Vanessa Carlton’s last album, Liberman, came out in fall 2015. It launched stunning singles like “Blue Pool,”“Operator,” “House Of Seven Swords,” and “Nothing Where Something Used To Be,” then led to two live releases: Liberman Live and the Earlier Things Live EP. In 2017, Vanessa revealed she was working on a new album, performing its potential title track, “Love Is An Art,” for lucky fans. While we wait for her new original music, Vanessa is spending most of 2018 with a series of six covers.
We’ve heard four of the six covers so far. Stay tuned for the remaining two covers from Vanessa later this summer. She’s currently working on her next album, too, expected late this year or sometime in 2019. There’s plenty going on in the Vanessa Carlton world now! Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.