Monday, December 23, 2013

Leif Vollebekk Tapped To Play APAP on 1/10 - Download Track from Forthcoming LP out 1/28/14

Leif Vollebekk Tapped To Perform at
Joe's Pub on January 10th for
NYC's APAP Conference 

Rolling Stone and Debut Tracks from Forthcoming LP
North Americana
Out 1/28/14 on Missing Piece Records
Produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed
You! Black Emperor, Basia Bulat, Wolf Parade)

After more than two years of traveling the world and working with some of the finest producers and engineers in the industry, Montreal's Leif Vollebekk is set to release his US Debut North Americana via Missing Piece Records on January 28, 2014. 
In celebration of the new release, Vollebekk has been tapped to perform at New York City's prestigious APAP Conference. He will support the Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero. 
Details: Leif Vollebekk and Meklit Hadero
Date: January 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: Joe’s Pub
Address: 425 Lafayette Street, New York, New York 10003
Price: $25.00 premiered the album's first single "Southern United States" and said "Vollebekk's search for the 'perfect take,' coupled with his warble - which is covered in just enough rust to make us think of his contemporaries Ryan Adams and M. Ward - makes for an authentic take on modern Americana."
Recently, Rolling Stone premiered the album's (almost) 7 minute opus "When The Subway Comes Above The Ground."

The songs on North Americana were always recorded live to tape, documenting the improvisation and space that a live jazz performance would have but using the concision of a pop song. To find these moments, Vollebekk traveled to Montreal's legendary Hotel 2 Tango studio, working with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) to New York City, working with Tom Gloady (Ryan AdamsSigur RósPatti Smith) to La Frette studios, in La Frette-sur-Seine, France. Vollebekk even tried recording with John Simon, whose credits include Music from Big Pink and Songs of Leonard Cohen.
The result is a gorgeous collection of songs that are very much in line with Van Morrison's Astral Weeks or Tim Buckley's work. 
The ten songs that comprise North Americana were performed by Vollebekk (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, a little rusty fiddle), jazz musicians Hans Bernhard (bass) and Philippe Melanson (drums), Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld (violin), Joe Grass(pedal steel) and Adam Kinner (tenor sax).

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