ALBUM REVIEW: Leif Vollebekk – New Ways | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Secret City Records

Released: 01.11.19





Montreal’s finest instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Leif Vollebekk, returns this month with his highly anticipated album New Ways. Vollebekk set the bar high back in 2017 with his immensely beautiful record of self-reflection, Twin Solitude. Yet, somehow, New Ways breaks that bar in two. Vollebekk’s music is company in an empty room, characteristically atmospheric. 

With New Ways, comes new company, delivering a tracklist that oozes ambience, soul and spirit. A cleverly crafted combination of the familiar and unfamiliar; tracks like Hot Tears, Transatlantic Flight and The Way That You Feel, are feverish; instrumentally and vocally low tempo, intricate and delicate. Yet, tracks like Never Be Back are highly experimental; grooves that are brassier and bolder, moments of high tempo that are refreshingly dramatic and fiery. More of such would have been welcomed!

Lyrically, this record pushes the boundaries of Vollebekk’s forte as a raw yet poetic songwriter. From start to finish painting a colourful masterpiece of love, passion, and desire, longing, regret and risk. New Ways captures moments in time, a soundtrack of change, of experiences, of the intimate human impact we have on one another, of life and love unfolding and transitioning.





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