Leif Vollebekk recently covered a famous Kate Bush song for House of Strombo. The video, shot in black and white, features Vollebekk solo on a piano singing “This Woman’s Work,” Bush’s emotionally-charged stunner from her 1989 album “The Sensual World.” The song was originally featured in the movie “She’s Having a Baby,” and has since been covered by many artists.
The power of the Bush song is evident from the start, and I’m not surprised by that Vollebekk picked to play it for House of Strombo. Having covered “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell in the past, it feels completely natural that the singer-songwriter fits so well into the confessional world of these songs. When it comes to processing raw emotions and feelings through lyrics and melody, Vollebekk makes us a believe in the power of song to understand and transform our experience.
The singer’s raspy delivery falls lightly across the sparse piano arrangement of the track. Vollebekk’s particular brand of melancholic folk music allows the powerful lyrics of “This Woman’s Work” to shine out:
“Give me these moments
Give them back to me
Give me that little kiss
Give me your talking hands”
Leif Vollebekk is currently touring Europe and returns to North America for a few shows starting in late November.