fans (and, well, music fans), rejoice: this month, American Laundromat Records is set to release I Saved Latin: A Tribute to Wes Anderson, a 23-song, two-disk compilation of songs from Anderson’s various films as covered by different artists. The compilation will include contributions from Telekinesis, Matt Pond, William Fitzsimmons and more. Singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield chose Elliott Smith’s “Needle In The Hay,” which was featured in Anderson’s 2001 favorite Royal Tenenbaums.
“I have written three fan letters in my life,” Hatfield said. “One was to Paul Westerberg, one to the band X—both written when I was a teenager—and later, when I was in my twenties, I wrote to Elliott Smith at Kill Rock Stars. I was so in love with “Needle in the Hay” and the rest of the self-titled album on which it appears that I was compelled to dork out and gush to Elliott that his music moved me.”
Smith’s music didn’t just inspire Hatfield to cover the track, though. Hatfield says his influence is evident in her music, too.
“I loved the sound and the way it was recorded,” she said. “I still refer to that sound sometimes—the doubled harmonica part on my song “Vagabond” from my There’s Always Another Girl album was an homage.”
Listen to “Needle in the Hay” in the player above. I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson will be released on May 13 via American Laundromat Records.