After five years perfecting his craft as a singer-songwriter in the troubadour mould, Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk learned to let his songs breathe. Vollebekk is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter known for his somber, melancholy pop songs that capture the themes of yearning, long-lost love, and adventure. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lou Reed and the works of Beat Generation authors Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, Vollebekk decided to travel to Iceland to discover his Nordic roots and hone his skills, finding new ways to illustrate stories and images with his music. Immersed in the country’s unique culture, and experimenting with different types of sound and songwriting, he eventually found his sonic palette. His two previous records, Inland (2010) and North Americana (2013) have received praise from Rolling Stone and Paste, and he brings his newest album Twin Solitude to the UP+DT this fall.