Leif Vollebekk has unveiled a brand new song Tallahassee is a powerful piano ballad coming from the Twin Solitude recording sessions. "This is one of those songs that got away from me. All of the other songs on the album happened so fast. But not this one. I was sure Tallahassee was going to hold the whole album together. But it wanted nothing to do with it. This one went elsewhere. It wanted to be under its own constellation. In fact, this song wandered so far away I didn't even know where it went", explains Leif on his creative process behind the final tracklisting of the record and this beautiful outtake.
Leif Vollebekk is on the last stretch of touring in support of his Polaris Music Prize short-listed album Twin Solitude. The tour will begin next week on October 31st in Paris where he is playing the Pitchfork Festival and includes 30 dates in cities such as Berlin, Oslo, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. The tour will conclude in Philadelphia on December 16. Concerts in London, UK and Amsterdam, NL are already sold-out, see below for all dates.
Twin Solitude has been met with praises from critics all over the world including NPR, The Fader, Uncut, Paste Magazine, Rolling Stone France, The Sunday Times Culture, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail and more. The record has been nominated on the Polaris Music Prize short list, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, l’ADISQ and the GAMIQ, while racking up over 7 million streams across platforms.
"A friend told me it was Saturn returns and that may be true. I was about to turn thirty and I knew that if I didn’t change direction I was going to end up exactly where I was headed." It was time, Leif understood, to make a record with his soul laid out flat - a dark blue and purple album of locked groove and slow pulse. The songs came quickly: fully formed, impossible. "Vancouver Time" took 15 minutes; "Telluride" took less. It was as if the songs were waiting for him. Listen to them in a rental car in cold weather, with the windows all rolled up. Listen to it laying by an open window. Listen to it all the way through, alone. "By the time the last notes die away, all that's left should be you," Leif explains, "And I’ll be somewhere else. And that’s Twin Solitude."
PRAISE FOR ‘TWIN SOLITUDE’:
"Devastatingly beautiful" - NPR Songs We Love
"It's an invitation to travel - to the cobblestones of old Montreal on a bicycle, to the expanse of Montana in the back of a family car, to the Pacific coast in Vancouver, to Iceland, to Paris - and to the darkest corners of your heart." - World Cafe
"The album exudes a meditative joy." - The Village Voice
"It’s his best work yet. Take a look at him now." - The Globe and Mail
"A collection of gorgeous, spacious, piano-led melancholia." - The Boston Globe
“Vollebekk has eagerly take up [Ryan Adams] mantle. 7/10” - Uncut
"Passionate Broken Social Scene-adjacent melodies wrapped in a casual, jammy atmosphere." – The Fader
"Lovely, soulful and spare." - Brooklyn Vegan
“The Canadian’s new track channels Blue Nile and Anohni to beautiful effect.” - Sunday Times Culture
“Rarely simple, Twin Solitude is a striking display of Leif Vollebekk's talent and heart. 8/10” - Exclaim!
4 stars - Le Droit
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