“Big change in the world these days. We had to postpone the upcoming European tour. Somehow we were able to reschedule almost every show for late fall and we’ve been able to open up more tickets to the shows that were sold out. If you can hang in there, your previously purchased tickets will be valid for your city’s new date.
There’s nothing I love more than playing music and I look forward to when that blissful time comes again. Until then, may you and your loved ones keep safe and warm wherever you are. Wishing a return to health to all those who are ill and sending immense gratitude to those working to make things better. Here’s hoping for renewal in this time of rest. X”
Rescheduled UK & IRE Tour Dates:
Oct 27 London – Electric Brixton
Oct 28 Bristol – Exchange
Oct 29 Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Oct 30 Glasgow – The Poetry Club
Oct 31 Dublin – Whelan’s
Vollebekk’s new album, New Ways is the sound of desire in its unfolding. A sonic documentation of everything he was feeling; tenderness and violence, sex and rebirth. “Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone – I just put it on the record,” he says. Uncut gave it an 8/10 stating “Leif Vollebekk’s synesthesia is working overtime…the unhurried observational vividness of extended takes in a Linklater film. A self-described ‘recovering Dylanphile,’ Vollebekk relapses on the knotty Blood Brother and the panoramic Apalachee Plain, the bittersweet lilt of his voice all tangled up in blue,”. Rolling Stone France called it “his most elegant album yet,” while The Independent hailed it as “a collection of moments and confessions… heavy with poetic detail” in a 4 star review.
New Ways was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Studio Breakglass in Montreal, it features Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre) and Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) on drums, and additional vocals by Angie McMahon. It was mixed by Chris Allen in NYC (Yoko Ono, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Rós, Margaret Glaspy) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, Patrick Watson).
Released in June, the album’s first single Hot Tears quickly chalked up over two million streams, the NY Times noting Vollebekk’s songs as “pensive and restless, blossoming with stream-of-consciousness verses that bear the marks of long nights spent alone on the road.”
The latest single from the album, meanwhile, Transatlantic Flight, takes its time as it wraps itself around the listener. Leif found inspiration for the song in a host of places, from the dark sizzle of Leonard Cohen to the visual mastery of Richard Linklater (he drops a couple of references in the opening verse of the song). It builds to a soaring euphoria, a wall of rich sounds and trembling strings as Leif pleads: “so why don’t you come on over / start talking to me / one thing I can tell you / you look good when you’re tired / on a Transatlantic flight.”
New Ways is the follow up to 2017’s Twin Solitude which was a breakout success, landing Vollebekk a spot on the Polaris Music Prize 2017 shortlist, a Juno nomination and clocking well over 23 million streams across digital streaming platforms.
Watch the official video for Transatlantic Flight