“Hot Tears” is the first single from New Ways, Leif Vollebekk’s follow-up to 2017’s critically-acclaimed Twin Solitude. Twin Solitude was a breakthrough album for the Montreal-based artist, landing a spot on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist and a Juno nomination. Garnering more than 23 million streams, the record was praised by NPR Music, The Line of Best Fit, Paste, WXPN, KCRW and Exclaim! The new record features musical contributions from Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre), Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson), and vocalist Angie McMahon. “Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone—I just put it on the record,” Vollebekk says about the album, which has hints of Prince and Bill Withers. ”That last record I made for me,” Vollebekk admits. “This one is for somebody else.”
In anticipation of New Ways‘ November release, Vollebekk has also shared the first single from the new album: “Hot Tears.” The song, he explains, “was written when my senses were much more focused and I saw colours much more vividly. The sky often looked like it could have easily been pulled from scenes of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. It was the last song I wrote for the record. It was all recorded live: vocals, drums and piano. I wanted this song to sound as hot and rough as possible and make the lyrics fight their way through.”
“Pensive and restless, blossoming with stream-of-consciousness verses that bear the marks of long nights spent alone on the road.” –The New York Times
“Leif Vollebekk’s songs have long been known for their high emotional quotient, with themes of yearning, lost love and adventure regularly threading through his work.” –CBC Music
RIYL: The Barr Brothers, Damien Rice, Andy Shauf, Mandolin Orange, Patrick Watson
Track 2 is a Radio Edit that is approximately 20 seconds shorter than the album version.
Label: Secret City Records
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