Leif Vollebekk's 'Transatlantic Flight' exists at nexus of Rhianna, Leonard Cohen and Richard Linklater
10 September 2019
New video out today. Taken from the album New Ways, to be released on November 1st on Secret City Records
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 'Transatlantic Flight'. 'Transatlantic Flight' takes its time, and wraps itself around you. Leif found inspiration in a host of places - from sticky Rihanna choruses, 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.'
About 'Transatlantic Flight' Leif says: "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. 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."
Released in June, first single 'Hot Tears' was featured on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic Top 10 for a number of weeks and was recently featured as a KCRW Today's Top Tune. The song quickly reached over one million streams. The NY Times recently said that Leif’s songs are 'pensive and restless, blossoming with stream-of-consciousness verses that bear the marks of long nights spent alone on the road.'
'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 vocal 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, Patrick Watson).