Photo Credit: Jessie McCall
The 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been announced. To celebrate, let’s here’s a weekly look back at the nominees.
Week five: Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitudes
In his first ever Polaris Prize long-list and shortlist nomination, the sleepy journeys of Leif Vollebekk’s Twin Solitude are a heartfelt exploration of town, road and soul.
Born in Ottawa, and currently residing in Montreal, Vollebekk is known for incorporating themes of travel and journey throughout his work. Best listened to on a quiet afternoon, the simple instrumentation along with lyrics perfect for both a cross-country drive and a roadmap through heartbreak, Twin Solitude starts on Canada’s west coast with “Vancouver Time,” leads you through the relief of overcoming emotional turmoil with “Elegy” and “Into The Ether,” and event takes through “Big Sky Country,” “Michigan,” and even the “Road to Venus.”
The result is an album that makes you think and reflect. There is an optimism to the loneliness expressed in Vollebekk’s lyrics. He writes in “Elegy” “You whom I loved dearly now I must wait/To be reunited in the sky when it opens/Well my feet are so tired baby but my spirit ain’t broken/Take a look at me now.” The result is an album that celebrates healing, as well as the roads that cross our continent.
Will Leif Vollebekk’s sonic roadtrip lead to Polaris victory? Find out when the results are announced on September 18!
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.