As with most Americans who have heard the guy, we were introduced to Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk through North Americana, his ode to his travels through the United States, released at the beginning of 2014. On the record which owes influence to mid-70s Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley, Vollebekk creates a spacious and rich sonic landscape with “the best band in the world,” as he notes in his bio. While this type of songwriting doesn’t tread new ground per se, the singer-songwriter brings a poetry, grace, and soulfulness not often heard. And gosh darn if he ain’t a heck of a songwriter.
In the studio, alone but hardly stripped down, Leif switched from electric to acoustic guitar, to violin and looping pedals, to drifting Wurlitzer chords, showcasing a completely different style and feeling to his songs. Listen to them here for our Folkadelphia Session with Leif Vollebekk, recorded in April 2014.