When the day descends into darkness, Leif Vollebekk‘s starry-night ballads provide a fitting and cathartic soundtrack. As the story goes, the Montreal singer-songwriter’s soulful sound was born after an epiphany during one of many unrelenting tours. In a stark hotel room, where his only solace was the majesty of Nick Drake, he decided to start anew and this transformation comes to full fruition on the achingly beautiful ‘Twin Solitude’ – his mesmerising new LP. With the video for album highlight ‘All Night Sedans’ available for your viewing pleasure today, we spoke to the man himself to dig a little deeper.
‘All Night Sedans’ is wondrous. How did the song come about?
“I’d been driving around in Florida and saw a sign in the back window of the car ahead of me that read “All Night Sedans”. A few months later I just wrote this song. And that little drum beat at the end was in my head from day one…”
…and what inspired the video?
“I let Kaveh (Nabatian, the director) do whatever he pleased. For the ‘Elegy’ video, it was my idea to be very minimalist and open, and he thought it would be a good contrast to head to Miami straight after and feel a different sort of solitude in the heat and heart of a city.”
How did you come up with the Leif Vollebekk sound?
“Ha! Well, I love records with a lot of space, and folks playing live in the room. I try to do that as much as possible. And I like tape.”
Who are your Top 5 biggest influences right now?
Any other new artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Gregory Alan Isakov. His songs are deep and earthy and he’s as close to the real thing as you can get. I’ve had the chance to hear his newest songs and I think his next record might become his best yet. He’s got lines I’d wish I’d thought of like how his silhouette always has his back, or someone’s heart being a thousand colours but they’re all shades of blue.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Leif Vollebekk?
“I think I’m going to spend a total of 3 weeks at home. I’m on the road all year. I told a good friend of mine I’m either gonna get a lot better at piano or I’m gonna die!”