New Ways is the new album by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk, his hotly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize finalist Twin Solitude. It’s out now through Secret City Records.
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 recorded. A portrait of beauty, desire, longing, risk, remembrance—without an instant of regret.
“Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone—I just put it on the record,” Vollebekk says: tenderness and violence, sex and rebirth, Plato and Julie Delpy. A story told through details—“the sun through my eyelids,” “a sign on the highway covered in rain.” There’s the heat of the night and the cool blue of morning, hints of Prince and Bill Withers. ”That last record I made for me,” Vollebekk admits. “This one is for somebody else.”
Watch Leif perform ‘Transatlantic Flight‘ live.