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« on: April 26, 2011, 03:17:36 pm »

"I was very lucky to be offered a lovely piece of property to build a career on," says Vanessa Carlton. "I started building a house on it, but it wasn't necessarily a house I would want to live in. So I ripped down that house, and I worked with these great lumberjacks to build a really cool cabin—a place I want to drink whiskey in and hang out until the sun rises."
For her fourth album, Rabbits on the Run (Razor & Tie), Carlton needed a fresh start. She had been going at full sprint since she was discovered by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun when she was still a teenager, signed by Jimmy Iovine soon after, and exploded onto the pop scene with the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Be Not Nobody in 2002. But as she was nearing thirty, Carlton felt lost.
Ultimately, she made her way to Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in Box, England, where she created something that harks back to a different era of music-making: ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded direct to tape with a close-knit team of collaborators including producer Steve Osborne, drummer Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket, and guitarist Ari Ingber of the Upwelling. It was not, however, an easy road to get there.
"For two years, I went through a very reclusive period," says Carlton. "I was confused by a lot of decisions I had made, heartbroken in a lot of different ways. Once I got through the initial stage of grieving, I started studying everything around me. I became a sponge—listening to a lot of music from the '70s, classical music, reggae, just observing and paying attention."
When she started creating again, she was writing instrumental music, and thought maybe that would be the next chapter of her work. But on a visit to England, she came up with a personal, revelatory song she called "London," and felt her writer's block receding.
As she returned home to New York City and tentatively ventured back into songwriting, though, Carlton knew that things had changed. "I had no one," she says. "I was completely self-contained, I left my label, had no producer. So this was me going back to the demoing process that I was doing when I was 17. In my writing, I didn’t want to waste words anymore. It was a total arts-and-crafts vibe that I was doing all by myself."

During her years of retreat, there were two vastly different books that Carlton found herself returning to over and over, and she started to feel their influence in her new songs. "My brother is in college, and he and I would get into these intense debates about physics and philosophy," she says. "Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time really comforted me and helped me make sense of the chaos that is our lives."

Her other guiding text was a lifetime favorite, Richard Adams's epic tale of rabbit society, Watership Down. "My whole being related to this story," Carlton says. "I realized how lucky I am to be an artist in this world, how I somehow got out of the burrows. So not only did I link into the book in a fundamental way, but it helped me to continue to make the decisions on this project and keep exploring. I carried around Watership Down like a talisman, a bible."
As more songs were coming to Carlton, she was also realizing that she could hear an identifiable sound for them in her head. This concern for sonics was new for the singer: "I never had any interest in that—I love Pink Floyd, I love those sounds, but to me, they just appeared out of thin air." Recognizing that one of her favorite album was Lost Souls, the 2000 debut by post-Britpop band Doves, she made it a mission to locate its co-producer, Steve Osborne.
While continuing to sort out plans for her new music, Carlton visited her friend, singer/songwriter KT Tunstall. Coincidentally, Osborne himself turned up at a bonfire party at Tunstall's house—where, incredibly, he asked Tunstall if she happened to know Vanessa Carlton. Once she got over her shock, Carlton described some of her ideas for a new album, saying that she heard the sound of a "creepy children's choir" on some songs and that she knew she needed to record with analogue equipment. After this auspicious meeting, she began to send Osborne her home demos.
"I had a clear spectrum of sound in my mind for the album, and Steve understood and found the right tones for me," she says. Hallahan and Ingber eventually signed on for the ride, and they headed to England to bring a new and still-evolving batch of songs to life.
“We were trying everything many different ways, because we were so confident of the big picture,” says Carlton. “In the past, I had always been really clingy about my words and arrangements, and that was a sign that I didn’t really think it through. So I tried everything until I thought it was real honest—what it should be.”
The songs that ultimately made up Rabbits on the Run retain Carlton’s impeccable melodic sensibility, but are consistently surprising and unpredictable. “Carousel,” the opening track and first single, sets a lilting and lyrical mood, while “Hear the Bells” creates a feel that’s more ambient and creepy. The structures shift and veer on “London” and “Dear California,” yet never lose their propulsion.

Incorporating the atmospheric sound of the studio, Carlton and Osborne stayed true to her ambition of capturing the vibe of her initial demos. “From the commencement of the sessions, the end goal was how it would sound on vinyl,” she says. “It was always going to be ten songs, no matter what—I wrote all of these songs for this album, I didn't pull from a bucket of tunes.”
With such commitment to the material, of course, some songs came easier than others. “The toughest nut to crack was definitely ‘I Don't Want to Be a Bride,’ because you can’t waste a word in that song,” she says. “I have at least twenty pages of lyrics for that one. The rhythm of the words has to be right, but it can’t be elementary, every line has to move it forward. A song like that deepens my respect for old-school country storytellers like Johnny Cash.”
In tribute to Stephen Hawking, Carlton explains, “In the End,” the final song on Rabbits on the Run, has the album “disintegrating back to nothing.” The haunting track—with a prayer to her brother woven in, addressing the death of a friend—actually uses the music from another song, “Tall Tales for Spring,” with the tape slowed down. It’s a perfect end note to an emotional and creative journey that represents nothing less than the rebirth of an artist.
“I felt like I wasn’t navigating, but the time was navigating me,” says Vanessa Carlton. “I wasn’t manipulating the process at all. I got to that place where you don’t think about how you’re going to do it, you just do it in the way that feels the most clear and right. That shouldn’t be so exotic, but I’d never gone through it before.”





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2 new song titles officially announced..
that makes all of them except for one so far.

loved this, very interesting read, also very cool to learn more about the song "In the End".  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 03:49:55 pm »

I think we already got the complete tracklist. It isn't confirmed, but since management got onto us for posting the list when it was leaked, I assume it was real. "The Marching Line" is another one.

This is a very interesting article. I like the analogue thing, but I hope the whole album doesn't sound "cheap," since she said she was going back to her demo days (those songs definitely sounded cheap). And the instrumental for "In the End" is the "Tall Tales For Spring" instrumental slowed down? How ingenous... Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 03:52:39 pm »

Oh god this got me so excited, what a day for nessa news! I am SO intrigued to finally hear this album. I really think this could be a turnaround for V.

also guys, new banner on amazon! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 03:57:58 pm »

I think we already got the complete tracklist. It isn't confirmed, but since management got onto us for posting the list when it was leaked, I assume it was real. "The Marching Line" is another one.

This is a very interesting article. I like the analogue thing, but I hope the whole album doesn't sound "cheap," since she said she was going back to her demon days (those songs definitely sounded cheap). And the instrumental for "In the End" is the "Tall Tales For Spring" instrumental slowed down? How ingenous... Smiley


I know, I was the one who originally posted the tracklist.
since then I've been going by the book and not posting the names of the songs unless they were officially announced.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 04:02:22 pm »

Wow what a brilliant article  Shocked Grin

Do you have a link to the article, can't seem to find it on amazon, want to make sure to like and share the article on my facebook, to create awareness about the album amongst friends.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 04:10:27 pm »

Wow what a brilliant article  Shocked Grin

Do you have a link to the article, can't seem to find it on amazon, want to make sure to like and share the article on my facebook, to create awareness about the album amongst friends.


it's on her amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Carlton/e/B000APU3DO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1303862943&sr=8-2
on the right side under the Artist tab under "Biography"
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2011, 04:12:14 pm »

I think we already got the complete tracklist. It isn't confirmed, but since management got onto us for posting the list when it was leaked, I assume it was real. "The Marching Line" is another one.

This is a very interesting article. I like the analogue thing, but I hope the whole album doesn't sound "cheap," since she said she was going back to her demon days (those songs definitely sounded cheap). And the instrumental for "In the End" is the "Tall Tales For Spring" instrumental slowed down? How ingenous... Smiley


I know, I was the one who originally posted the tracklist.
since then I've been going by the book and not posting the names of the songs unless they were officially announced.



Well, I guess I ruined it, then.  Sad  Sorry.

I wonder when they're going to post the 30-second previews for the album?  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2011, 04:12:37 pm »

Wow what a brilliant article  Shocked Grin

Do you have a link to the article, can't seem to find it on amazon, want to make sure to like and share the article on my facebook, to create awareness about the album amongst friends.


it's on her amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Carlton/e/B000APU3DO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1303862943&sr=8-2
on the right side under the Artist tab under "Biography"

Perfect, tks  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2011, 04:37:07 pm »

Thanks for posting this. I've sent the link to my friends who enjoy her music as well.

I love hearing artist describe their songwriting process.
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2011, 05:19:58 pm »

I think we already got the complete tracklist. It isn't confirmed, but since management got onto us for posting the list when it was leaked, I assume it was real. "The Marching Line" is another one.

This is a very interesting article. I like the analogue thing, but I hope the whole album doesn't sound "cheap," since she said she was going back to her demon days (those songs definitely sounded cheap). And the instrumental for "In the End" is the "Tall Tales For Spring" instrumental slowed down? How ingenous... Smiley

We share the same concern =\ I hope the Carousel samples are low quality and not the real McCoy, does analog recording sound more tinny than normal recording?
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011, 05:29:17 pm »

read this last night! love it..can't wait to hear all the tracks...she's not sticking to her 11 tracks? Sad haha
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2011, 06:03:19 pm »

Aww Smiley I'm so excited. I like how she described her whole process and the new info on the songs is awesome
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2011, 06:17:44 pm »

Everything's making me excited for the new album. I'm sort of looking forward to what the main tune of this album will sound like.  I hope it's more than just some sentiment and ten songs...Honestly, I don't want it to sound cheap.  Lips sealed  Nonetheless, I enjoyed the entirety of the last 2 albums [I wasn't a big fan of BNN--at all, really.], and I'm expecting to do the same for the next.

As for her favorite album by the Doves, I'll be honest: I prefer The Last Broadcast better. Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2011, 06:19:45 pm »

Sounds like it's going to be a very interesting album. I'm intrigued specifically by the last track they're talking about.
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2011, 06:33:45 pm »

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the entirety of the last 2 albums [I wasn't a big fan of BNN--at all, really.]

I didn't really enjoy BNN, either. Ordinary Day, A Thousand Miles, Pretty Baby, and Twilight are the only ones I listen to.
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