Reviewed by James Lavender
Frustration with one’s music can often be a catalyst for future success. Many artists from Bowie to U2 have all gone through existential musical crises and used the experience to create masterpieces which defined their careers. Leif Vollebekk has been through a similar journey recently, having felt that the songs he had written throughout his career seemed like hard-work when performing them live, compared to the freewheeling cover songs he would do at the end of his sets. To get over it, he listened to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon album numerous times and played a small-scale gig in his native Montreal to give him more confidence in his songwriting abilities. The result of this is his third album, Twin Solitude.