Leif Vollebekk’s Americana sound can only be described as a delicate fusion of country music and a Scandinavian twang. After a search for his Nordic roots and musical inspiration on a trip to Iceland, the Canadian singer-songwriter produced his debut album Inland in 2010. The record highlights his hearty country-esque voice, whilst delicate Icelandic tones often seep in and soothe the overall sound. Three years later, Vollebekk’s sophomore album North Americana throws the listener into an old American setting, where elements of bluegrass and folk intermingle to produce a perfect easy listening record. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Vollebekk produces a melancholic tone with lyrical themes of lamentation and desire, brought to life by his drawling tones whilst his atmospheric harmonica playing builds a picture of chilled reverie.
Recent singles ‘Elegy’, ‘Into the Ether’, and ‘All Night Sedans’ seem to tease a new, slightly electronic path for Vollebekk. The Canadian’s new direction, as well as the miscellany of genre and sound in his records, will undoubtedly keep the crowd on their toes in the intimate space of Bristol’s Thekla.
Leif Vollebekk plays Bristol’s Thekla in support of Gregory Alan Isakov on the 26th of March. Tickets can be found here.By Max Haydon