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Leif Vollebekk

Inland

(Nevado; US: 5 Jan 2010; UK: Import)

Leif Vollebekk has one of those voices that you can’t exactly put a finger on. It sways with a callous rhythm à la adult-contempo big-timers such as Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, but at times, it lingers on the fray with a sort of devilish charm, reminiscent of Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan. However you classify Vollebekk and his subtle, building folk masterpieces, his sound is one that stays with you. Inland, his debut full-length, contains a certain theatrical touch. Songs like “In the Midst of Blue and Green” showcase Vollebekk’s talent as a multi-instrumentalist, with sweeping touches of piano giving the track a home during a rainy montage on the big screen. For all Vollebekk’s adult-pop leanings and movie-ready tracks, he maintains a sense of honesty on Inland, and it’s one existing in the heartfelt tone of the record, which when you break it down, comes out in spades.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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