Exclusive stream: Eric Tollefson, “Leo”

Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 11:07 am by Ben Salmon

Back in 2009, Eric Tollefson burst onto the local music scene with “The Sum of Parts,” an album that showcased the then-25-year-old’s impressively smooth synthesis of acoustic pop and bluesy rock delivered straight from his heart to your ears. (Here’s the article I wrote back then.)

Three years and a ton of gigs later — including slots opening for G. Love, Robert Randolph and Jackie Greene — Tollefson is back with a new album, “The Polar Ends,” a meticulously crafted collection of songs that boast beautiful production, indelible melodies and a bunch of big-time players.

Tollefson will play his local album-release show on May 3 at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and “The Polar Ends” will be officially released on April 24. But thanks to the man himself, Frequency has an exclusive premiere of my favorite track on the album, a sturdy pop number called “Leo.” Give it a spin below, and then check back here (or in GO! Magazine) on April 27 for more on Tollefson and “The Polar Ends.”

(Photo courtesy Joseph Eastburn Photography)

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