Feb 02 2010

Leif Vollebekk – Inland (2010)

Published by at 5:38 pm under Folk,MP3's

First feature by Alie, our new IndieMuse contributor.

I have an unabashedly soft side for The Hits of Today: the Cyruses nodding their respective heads like yeah and all those single ladies (wuh uh oh). But after an extended session of top forties, I realize that the radio has really just been rhyming at me in glorified baby talk laid over sick beatz. And I’ve been singing right along with every ga-ga-ooh-la-la, because that is exactly what I’m supposed to do.

But what about words? What about Scrabble-acceptable words used in beautiful, surprising ways? For these and other, non-linguistic reasons, I turn to musicians like Leif Vollebekk. It’s obvious that the guy has some sort of timeless troubadour quality, but what really warms me is his style of songwriting that is more hint than statement. Inland unfolds like a subtle run-on sentence, both musically and with inexplicably satisfying lyrics (The coming and going spirit’s in the door hinges / And I’m sitting peeling Suzanne’s oranges) that explode from nowhere, only to settle in quick and get comfy.

So Leif Vollebekk, if you’re reading this, you’re triple-word score all the way.

Inland (2010):

(mp3) Leif Vollebekk – You Couldn’t Lie to Me in Paris

(mp3) Leif Vollebekk – Northernmost Eva Maria

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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Leif Vollebekk – Inland (2010)”

  1. Jeff McQon 03 Feb 2010 at 12:58 am

    I like his style. He rhymes but makes it sound a bit like free verse. Cleverly written.

  2. Carolynon 05 Feb 2010 at 9:03 am

    I bought his album 2 weeks ago and can’t listen to anything but. His lyrics and style is incredible.

  3. Carolynon 05 Feb 2010 at 9:04 am

    I bought his album 2 weeks ago and can’t listen to anything but. His lyrics and style are incredible.

  4. Alieon 06 Feb 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Jeff – Yeah that’s true… He does have kind of a free-verse thing where on paper it doesn’t really rhyme, but he sings it in a way where it’s like “saved” at the last second or something. Interesting.

    Carolyn – I hear you. Took my roommate to a live show of his a couple weeks ago, and after that it just caught fire in our whole house. It was all Leif. All the time.

    Thanks guys!

  5. Heimir Van Der Bergon 10 Feb 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Video that i made,old news footage from Klaksvik with Don’t go to Klaksvik in the background…Check it out !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KKVxmwR0TA

  6. Irenon 18 Mar 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I fall in love with this song, but i can not understand the verses so well. I would be happy to find the lyrics somewhere on the net. I like much the video of Klaksvik too.

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