This past June, during the first wave of the pandemic, Leif Vollebekk shared a short EP of two songs, Rest, a release that complemented his quiet introspection during these strange times and included an acoustic version and b-side from his 2017 album Twin Solitude.
Today, Leif Vollebekk has shared Long Blue Light, a new two-song EP. The title track is a brand new original song from Leif, while the second is a Bon Iver cover of the song “29 #Stafford APTS.”
Leif explains: “Long Blue Light was recorded during the sessions for New Ways, live with just myself and a drummer, Homer Steinweiss. I had all but abandoned it but this year I kept coming back to it. I added some overdubs and had Cindy Cashdollar finish it off with a gorgeous dobro part. It was supposed to fade out but I rather liked how it just falls apart at the end.”
Fans of Leif Vollebekk are familiar with his multitude of cover reinterpretations he has performed in concert over the years and will surely enjoy this latest addition. Leif shares his fascination with the song’s album: “When that Bon Iver album, ’22, A Million’, came out, it put something of a spell on me. It acted on me the way records of my youth did. I could take a walk in that record and see things. I still do. I started playing around with this song some December evening way up north, when the light of dusk lasts hours and hours and everything goes blue. The snow, the faces, the houses. The two songs are a bit wrapped up together.”