Leif Vollebekk’s US debut has been a long time coming. The Montreal singer-songwriter has drawn inspiration from his travels, which spanned the US and Europe, and settled on a sound indicative of the album’s title, North Americana. One standout track from the album, which is released today, is “When The Subway Comes Above the Ground.” To coincide with the album’s release, Vollebekk and his band have composed a music video to accompany the track.
‘’I remember a friend had shown me some photographs that he’d taken of the Montreal Metro ages ago, and I was surprised at how beautiful they were,” said Vollebekk of the video’s inspiration. “We went with this basic idea and spent a day underground getting lots of different shots.”
They didn’t end up using any of the shots: the people in transit were far more interesting to Vollebekk, and the team set out with a different objective.
“We quickly realized that we were more interested in the faces of the people on the subway,” said Vollebekk. “Everyone who is on a subway is in transition, so people are always thinking about where they just came from or where they’re about to go.”
Watch the video for “When The Subway Comes Above the Ground” iin the player below. North Americana is out today, and Vollebekk will be heading out on the road with William Fitzsimmons this spring. You can check out the dates at the bottom of the page.
Leif Vollebekk Tour Dates (supporting William Fitzsimmons):
15 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Littlefield
16 - New York, N.Y. @ NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
17 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
18 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Rex Theater
24 - Raleigh, N.C. @ The Pour House
27 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Exit In
25 - Pomona, Calif. @ The Glass House
27 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel Casino
28 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Ballroom
30 - Dallas, Texas @ The Kessler Theater
31 - Austin, Texas @ The Parish
5 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Gramophone
6 - Chicago, Ill. @ Old Town School of Folk Music
7 - Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark
9 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Iron Works
13 - Burlington, Vt. @ Signal Kitchen
14 - Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
15 - Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair