About one year ago, Vanessa Carlton finished recording her 5th studio album, Liberman. The record was put on hold so Vanessa could have her first child, a daughter named Sidney who was born in January. With a new baby in tow, Vanessa is now getting ready to release the long-awaited Liberman, but first she wanted to share an extra treat: “Young Heart” was recorded during the Liberman sessions, but it won’t be on the album. Vanessa describes it as a “pre-single single,” and Esquire just debuted the track today.
“Young Heart” is led by a strummed acoustic guitar, and its minimalist production gives the song a dreamy quality. It sounds like a proper evolution from Vanessa’s last album, 2011’s Rabbits On The Run.
Vanessa told Esquire about the inspiration behind “Young Heart” –
Almost everyone I know wishes they had, in some relationship or another in your past, you wish that you had kind of done it differently. Or connected differently or were able to express differently. You have to learn along the way, not everything survives. It’s just not meant to. And then what does unfold and what does come together, it kind of comes together usually at the time that you’ve been able to develop it.
She also talked about the sound of Liberman overall. Like her previous album, this one was recorded with producer Steve Osborne. Vanessa also worked with Adam Landry and her husband, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley. Rabbits On The Run was quite the departure from Vanessa’s earlier albums, and Liberman will continue that sound:
I think I’m feeling a little calmer. And I want things to be more ambient. I learned so much from working with Steve Osborne. These two records are a collaboration with him and he taught me so much about, like, the space around sound. I want it to go down easy, like honey. It doesn’t have to be loud.
Liberman will be released this fall via Dine Alone Records. It features 10 songs, and the actual lead single should be out in the next few months. “Young Heart” will not appear on the record, but it does give us a good taste of what we can expect. You can read up on all we know about Liberman so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Vanessa Carlton music news.