New Music From Leif Vollebekk

Posted on Jul 3, 2024
New Music From Leif Vollebekk

Leif Vollebekk is a Montréal-based singer-songwriter who has sold out headlining tours across North America, Europe, and Australia. His first Secret City Records release, Twin Solitude, was a breakthrough album that landed a spot on the Polaris Music Prize 2017 shortlist and a Juno nomination while gathering over 60 million streams. His follow-up, New Ways, confirmed his undeniable talent. The 11 tracks on Vollebekk’s upcoming new album Revelation combine narrative lyrics and many one-take lead vocal performances with cinematic arrangements, gorgeous sonics, well-placed space, and lush orchestration. Revelation was inspired by an exploration that began with the I Ching and continued into the science of alchemy and the mystery of the divine. The final result is at once organic, earthy, and celestial with themes of nature — water, astral constellations, mortality – woven into a meditation on living in an ever-changing present laced with existential doubt and the search for a higher power. Recorded between Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and Woodstock, NY’s Dreamland, the album is a product of more than two years in isolation during which Vollebekk picked up a partner and a family, learned about astronomy, gardened, built furniture, studied alchemy, and pondered his long-term future. “It was like being able to retire in my Thirties while I could still enjoy it,” he says.

“Southern Star,” the second advance single released from the upcoming LP, is a poignant ballad featuring backing vocals by Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and steel guitar by the legendary Cindy Cashdollar. “Moondog,” the first advance single, offers firm proof of this juxtaposition with its “meditation on love,” fateful meetings, family, and magic with a lyrical nod to tessellation.

“Vollebekk has an easy and precise way with a song. The multi-instrumentalist’s lyrics are erudite… and his playing intricate. He sings clearly with insight. And he skilfully envelops these qualities in a relaxed, energized warmth.” – Kurated

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