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New Ways is a new album by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk, his hotly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Prize finalist Twin Solitude. It’s a record that lives between the kick and the snare, in that instant of feeling before the backbeat.
“The way that it was is the way it should be,” Vollebekk sings on “Phaedrus”—a line that’s a memory and a wish. New Ways is that too: the sound of desire in its unfolding. Two years ago, things were changing so fast, and the songwriter didn’t want to forget. “I often think of Leonard Cohen’s line, ‘I hope you’re keeping some kind of record,’” he says. “So I did.” It was like he was pretending you can compose a soundtrack to your own life (which perhaps you can).
In the end, New Ways is a document of everything Vollebekk felt, the way each moment arrived and moved through him. Whereas Twin Solitude was about self-reflection, New Ways is about engaging and changing, touching and being touched. It’s a physical record, with louder and tighter grooves, and the rawest lyrics the musician has ever recorded. A portrait of beauty, desire, longing, risk, remembrance—without an instant of regret. “She’s my woman and she loved me so fine,” goes the chorus to one tune. “She’ll never be back.”
Hannah Epperson As a solo performer and collaborative artist, violinist and vocalist Hannah Epperson has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres and disciplines. More recently, these creative explorations have included composing and performing for interdisciplinary film, dance and immersive theater projects across the country and in New York, where she now resides.
Little Criminals Little Criminals is Taylor Long Read (Taylor Jade) and Olive Bestvater (Olivia Cayce). Sometimes described as "experimental folk," their sound is rooted in americana, bluegrass, doom metal, and stoner rock. For the last five years both band members have been working on solo projects from different cities, but they've been scheming across provincial borders the entire time. With the release of the Roadkill EP, little criminals intend to pick up exactly where they left off, haunting the prairies with laments of loss and death.