New Release & Video: Leif Vollebekk – Transatlantic Flight

Leif Vollebekk has unveiled the second single from his forthcoming album New Ways (out November 1st via Secret City Records) with a music video for one of the stand out tracks, ‘Transatlantic Flight’.

Watch the brand new video below…

‘Transatlantic Flight’ takes its time and wraps itself around you. Leif found inspiration in a host of places – the dark sizzle of Leonard Cohen, the visual mastery of Richard Linklater (he drops a couple references in the opening verse of the song). The song builds to a soaring euphoria, a wall of rich sounds and trembling strings as Leif pleads: “so why don’t you come on over / start talking to me / one thing I can tell you / you look good when you’re tired / on a Transatlantic flight”.

Speaking about ‘Transatlantic Flight’, Leif shares: “I worked a bit on the record in Marin County and while I was there the cliffs by the ocean overlooked the bluest of blues. The same blue – no an even richer blue – than I see when I hear Transatlantic Flight. I told Kaveh (the video’s director) that I wanted to sing the song there and get it on film.

“The video is just one long take with the exception of one cut. I asked to have it like because I always liked how in [Richard Linklater’s] ‘Before Sunrise’ the takes are so long that your eyes have a chance to wander around and start seeing subtle things. You get lost in the moment. He lets time itself become a character in his films.

“In the last sequence, while we were by the water, when I opened my eyes, I suddenly saw a pack of dogs with these neon collars, like the kind you’d see at a rave or dance party. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen – to see these neon-collared dogs with this epic sea as a backdrop, in the distance running towards me. Their owner, she was calling to them to come back but they were headed straight for me. I laughed so hard. She was so kind and yelled to me “I’m so sorry I hope they didn’t ruin your video!” We just left the whole thing in.”

Leif Vollebekk’s New Ways was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Studio Breakglass in Montreal, it features Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre) and Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) on drums, and additional vocals by Angie McMahon. It was mixed by Chris Allen in NYC (Yoko Ono, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Rós, Margaret Glaspy) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan).

Forthcoming tour dates below…

6 Nov – Bristol, UK @ SWX *
7 Nov – London, UK @ Electric Brixton *
8 Nov – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage *
9 Nov – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz *
11 Nov – De Kapel, Netherlands @ Muziekgebouw
12 Nov – Groningen, Netherlands @ Lutherse Kerk
13 Nov – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso *
16 Nov – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall *
17 Nov – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle *
19 Nov – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg *
21 Nov – Munich, DE @ Technikum *
22 Nov – Vienna, AU @ Arena *
23 Nov – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra *
24 Nov – Stans, Switzerland @ Chäslager
26 Nov – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon *
27 Nov – Brussels, BE @ AB *
29 Nov – Montreal, QC @ Le National (Album Launch Show)
1 Dec – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
2 Dec Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
3 Dec – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
4 Dec – Grand Rapids, MI @ Listening Room
6 Dec – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7 Dec – Indianapolis, IN @ LoFi
8 Dec – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10 Dec – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11 Dec – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
13 Dec – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs
14 Dec – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
17 Jan 2020 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
19 Jan – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
22 Jan – Eugene, OR @ Wildcraft Cider Works
23 Jan – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
24 Jan – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
25 Jan – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial

*Supporting Half Moon Run

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