Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Elliott Smith

One of Elliott Smith’s most celebrated tracks is set to be unearthed as a new single.

Elliott Smith lived a short, tragic but ultimately hugely productive life. Musical from a young age, the singer rejected the post-grunge boom in underground rock music for something more intimate.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Elliott Smith’s whispered vocals would be overdubbed to produce a ghostly choral effect. The songwriting, too, was quite different intruding upon the singer’s personal problems.

Enduring mental health issues throughout his short life, Elliott Smith battled depression and anxiety. Sometimes succumbing to periods of intense paranoia, these issues seep through his slim back catalogue.

A powerful songwriter, Elliott Smith’s output contains some of the most influential songwriting of his generation. Inspiring a generation of acoustic stars to probe their own lives, his death in 2003 robbed the world of an enormous talent.

A new compilation on Domino is set to act as an introduction for a new generation of fans. Drawing on his back catalogue, the new collection contains no new surprises but impresses with the sheer power of Elliott Smith’s material.

Due for release on November 1st, Elliott Smith’s track ‘The Ballad Of Big Nothing’ is set to be made available as a single on the same day. The American artist’s classic track will be backed with ‘Division Day’.

Available on limited edition seven inch this is a future collector’s item for fans, as well as what will hopefully prove to be an entrance point for those unfamiliar with the work of Elliott Smith.

Elliott Smith is set to release ‘The Ballad Of Big Nothing’ / ‘Division Day’ on November 1st.


Here is one of my favourite Elliott Smith tracks from his 2004 album “From A Basement On The Hill”

“A Fond Farwell” – Elliott Smith

Here is another favourite of mine though this time performed in a cover version by Madeliene Peyroux

“Between The Bars” – Madeleine Peyroux

To buy the music of Elliott Smith click HERE

To buy the music of Madeleine Peyroux click HERE


September 27, 2010 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, New Releases, Old Music, Video | ,

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