Leif Vollebekk

New Ways

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[…] his most elegant album yet. Rolling Stone France

New Ways is a new album by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk, his hotly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Prize finalist Twin Solitude. It’s the sound of desire...

New Ways is a new album by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk, his hotly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Prize finalist Twin Solitude. It’s the sound of desire in its unfolding—a time, two years ago, when things were changing fast and the songwriter didn’t want to forget. Leonard Cohen once sang, ‘I hope you’re keeping some kind of record,’Vollebekk says. “So I did.”  

In the end, New Ways is a document of everything the musician felt, the way each instant arrived and moved through him. Whereas Twin Solitude was about self-reflection, New Ways is about engaging and changing, touching and being touched. It’s a physical record, with louder and tighter grooves, and the rawest lyrics the musician has ever recordedtenderness and violence, sex and rebirth, Plato and Julie Delpy. What mattered most was the feel of each groove, the distance between the kick and the snare. If it didn’t feel right we'd do another take, or switch from piano to guitar, or change the drum sound,Vollebekk says. 10 different tracks for 10 states of motion, each with its own pulse. 

There's the heat of the night and the cool blue of morning, hints of Prince and Bill Withers. “Hot Tears” is all hot-blooded memory. “Apalachee Plain” is a clamorous goodbye. “I'm Not Your Lover” would be a perfect love-song were it not for its chorus—a song that lets two opposites be true at once  

Only when everything was finally over—when the mixes were perfect and the masters cued up—did Vollebekk really understand what he had made. Now I knew what was going to happen,” he remembers. The moments didn’t feel fleeting—they felt eternal, almost fated. The songs spoke to me differently, but they hadn’t changed. I just heardthem in New Ways. 

Product Details

WAV Files
16-bit/44.1k
MP3 Files
320 kbps
Label
Secret City Records
Release Date
November 1, 2019

Production Credits

Production
Leif Vollebekk
Mixing
Chris Allen / Chris Shaw
Mastering
Greg Calbi

Musicians

Leif Vollebekk
Vocals / Guitar / Bass / Piano / Wurlitzer / Synthesizer / Harmonica / Organ
Olivier Fairfield / Homer Steinweiss / Martin Dosh
Drums
Sarah Neufeld / Donald Grant / Helena Winkelman / Pemi Paull
Violin
Cindy Cashdollar
Steel Guitar
Adam Kinner
Saxophone
Becky Jones / Donald Grant / Helena Winkelman / Sarah McMahon / Rebecca Foon / Pemi Paull / The Calino Quartet
Strings
Rebecca Foon / Sarah McMahon
Cello
Becky Jones
Viola
Angie McMahon
Guest Vocals

Composition Credits

All songs written and composed by
Leif Vollebekk