During our one-year hiatus, we shared only a handful of posts on social media. One of those was a video of Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and Canadian artist Leif Vollebekk, who has long been a favorite of ours, performing “If You Call” at the Green Bunch florist in Perth, Australia. Filmed by Pilerats, the footage showed how two people can make the simple incredibly beautiful. Yesterday, McMahon officially released the live version on all streaming platforms, and it is as beautiful as when we first heard it. As we said on that faithful day in July 2019:
“Sit down and open your ears to this beautiful duet involving two artists that we, when we were active, adored – the rising Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and one of Canada’s most underrated artists Leif Vollebekk. Their voices, their stories, their music, their artistry are simply magical.”
And if we were active a year ago, McMahon’s debut album, Salt, would have been one of our Favorite 50 Albums. It was honest, thoughtful, and engaging, filled with chest-swelling rockers and stunning ballads. The record closed with an elongated version of “If You Call”, which was delicately endearing. On this re-worked version, Vollebekk’s keys and soft vocals provide the perfect complement to McMahon’s stirring, full voice and deft guitar. The two sound like distant lovers, who wonder what went wrong and whether they could learn to forgive. Although McMahon told NME that she originally found (and still finds) the song to be “cheesy”, we think it is absolute gold. It is a piece of quiet escapism that “will keep us breathing”.
Hear the re-worked version of “If You Call” below along with an instrumental take. We’ve also included the original video below in case you were interested. This edition will be on McMahon’s new EP, Piano Salt, on which the Melbourne-based artist will strip down select songs from her debut. The extended player will be available later this year, and McMahon plans to host a ticketed livestream with proceeds going to support her band and producers.
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