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During a time when crunchy, controversial, and over hyped albums are making noise on the internet, it’s extremely refreshing to hear some fresh, real, authenticity in music. Leif Vollebekk’s debut release “Inland” is roughly 40 minutes to think, zone out, or wash away some form of stress you didn’t even know you had.
Leif is a singer and songwriter, but I hate to limit him with that label. “Inland” goes way beyond the style of a traditional singer/songwriter. Leif’s not a guy sitting around strumming chords and singing some poems. Sense of traditional musical time can be lost while listening as melodies and occasional strings float through the album. It only takes 10 seconds of the opening track “In The Morning” to let you know you’re in for something a little different.
“Neil Young wanted to sound like a cross between Dylan and the Stones. I want to sound like Hank Williams meets Sigur Ros. Hopefully, I’ll fail and get somewhere else.”
I’d say Leif Vollebekk failed on this one. Half of the songs for “Inland” were written while he was studying Icelandic and Philosophy in Iceland. When your mind is going through new experiences and adventures, writing songs is one of the best things to be able to do. The effort is non existent while selling (money excluded) the music, songs, and performances on the record.
Every song has it’s own distinct element but the album holds onto to a great flow. “Don’t go to Klaksvik” is a great way to start winding down the album. The slow jazz pace is a slight break out from the rest of the vibe on “Inland”, but it definitely earns it’s spot in the perfect track order.
Leif is currently touring for the next few months on this side of the pond and across. He has also begun work on his 2nd record with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed), a change from his decision to self-produce “Inland”.
Leif Vollebekk is vinyl fanatic just like myself. So be sure to grab this release on a gorgeous 12″.
7/20 – Winnepeg, MB – The Lo Pub
7/21 – Regina, SK – The Club
7/22 – Sakatoon, SK – Amigos
7/23 – Edmonton, AB – Haven Social Club
7/24 – Canmore, AB – The Communitea
7/29 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
7/31 – Seattle, WA – TBA
8/3 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
8/4 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe (early show)
9/12 – North Dorset, UK – End Of The Road Festival