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.