Leif Vollebekk

My dad and I really connect over music. He’s constantly introducing me to new things he’s heard, and I always love whatever it is.

This week he recommended I check out an artist named Leif Vollebekk. He’s totally right up my alley. An Icelandic-inspired folky, chill vibe and some great lyrics. The funny thing is, when he mentioned I ought to check him out, I said speaking of music – you should check out The Barr Brothers if you haven’t. I’m reading this morning and it turns out that Leif Vollebekk on his most recent album enlisted the harp talents of a girl from The Barr Brothers. Talk about being on the same page.

Anyway. Has anyone else heard of this guy? What do ya think?

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She’s as poor as me
But looks twice as good

Leif Vollebekk - “Off The Main Drag”

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Leif Vollebekk – “In The Morning”

 

Pairs Well With…Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello, Iron & Wine

 

I’ve been praising Leif Vollebekk since his 2010 debut, but criminally I haven’t been able to catch him at SXSW after back-to-back appearances.  I’ll have a third chance this year and I have to imagine Vollebekk will have new songs in tow since it has been so long since Inland’s release.

2012 Review: I can’t help but think of Jeff Buckley while listening to Leif Vollebekk’s soaring and majestic vocals.  Influences from jazz to folk to rock all bleed into Vollebekk’s music, a singer-songwriter in the vein of Elvis Costello.  Gentle guitar finger picking or piano-based indie rock accompanies him throughout his debut record Inland, which came out in 2010.  You can clearly hear his Canadian spin on Americana.  These songs are more for a chilly winter’s day than the back-porch country it alludes to throughout most of Vollebekk’s songs.  His vocal melodies, part Dylan and part Pavarotti, are incredibly smart and emotionally delivered.  I imagine Vollebekk will be featuring new songs for a sophomore record while at SXSW.

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leif vollebekk - don’t go to klaksvik

the greatest inception song:

… i want nothing BUT TO GO TO FACKING KLAKSVIK

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Tonight…

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Leif Vollebekk – “When the Subway Comes Above the Ground”

Pairs Well With…Jeff Buckley, Patrick Watson, Iron & Wine

For three years running, I’ve been high on Canadian singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk, but it’s after repeated listens of 2013’s North Americana that his OEB score demands to be pressed up to a “10”. Front to back, Vollebekk has delivered an adventurous, lyrical take on modern folk. The music and vocals are stunning throughout, just so meticulous and note-perfect. I hope that somehow this record finds it’s way to so many more ears – Leif Vollebekk’s gift is something truly special.

2013 Review: I’ve been praising Leif Vollebekk since his 2010 debut, but criminally I haven’t been able to catch him at SXSW after back-to-back appearances. I’ll have a third chance this year and I have to imagine Vollebekk will have new songs in tow since it has been so long since Inland’s release.

2012 Review: I can’t help but think of Jeff Buckley while listening to Leif Vollebekk’s soaring and majestic vocals. Influences from jazz to folk to rock all bleed into Vollebekk’s music, a singer-songwriter in the vein of Elvis Costello. Gentle guitar finger picking or piano-based indie rock accompanies him throughout his debut record Inland, which came out in 2010. You can clearly hear his Canadian spin on Americana. These songs are more for a chilly winter’s day than the back-porch country it alludes to throughout most of Vollebekk’s songs. His vocal melodies, part Dylan and part Pavarotti, are incredibly smart and emotionally delivered. I imagine Vollebekk will be featuring new songs for a sophomore record while at SXSW.