Vanessa Carlton has unveiled the stunning music video for her new single "The Only Way to Love," premiering exclusively on Billboard Thursday (Feb. 13).
In the cinematic clip, the singer-songwriter finds herself in an empty auditorium, performing lyrical choreography beneath the shine of a lone spotlight. "I wanna run but I won't get very far/ 'Cause I can't fight the force of my young, beating heart/ And like a soldier's steady march answering the call/ It's the only way to love," she sings as she twirls around stage before being bathed in flickering red and blue lights.
Describing the introspective video as "a visual meditation on the push and pull of fear and courage within our minds," Carlton -- who first rocketed to fame in 2002 with her debut single "A Thousand Miles" -- tells Billboard, "The dancing is a physical manifestation of this woman’s emotions inside her head. The journey of love is beautiful, brutal, joyful, peaceful...so many chapters. And it only works if you let go of fear. That is her struggle. Until she finally lets go."