VICTOR LEE: Strangely Familiar

Subtle, Supple, Jazz-tinged Guitar Magic

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Sizzling debut disc from Victor Lee

Surrounding himself with some fine musicians, Victor Lee has crafted a superb debut album, “Strangely Familiar”, released November, 2018.

Victor is an Indiana, USA-based multi-instrumentalist, who brings plenty of skillful melodicism and compositional chops to this pleasing set of guitar-centric tracks.

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Keeping things crisp

Aside from the title track, which closes out this album with some majestic passages featuring soaring guitar, outstanding piano and keyboard work, and effective mood-changes, most of the tunes clock in at less than four minutes or so.

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Yet there is plenty of variety

There is a lot packed into each track.

Album opener “The Way Home” leads off with crowd sounds giving way to deft, melodic guitar in a jazzy, upbeat format.

“Double Agent” comes in with brash, crisp guitar and snappy tempo, yielding to laid-back,  jazzy piano, then that lovely, singing guitar.

“Mayday”, “Never Too Late”, and “Second Chance” reveal a riff-heavy, rocking side to Mr. Lee’s playing, while “More Than Words” brings an emotional, gentle and tender mood, with moody, clean guitar chording.

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But that title track!

First, just pause to appreciate that lovely, near-classical opening that builds majestically, giving way to heartfelt piano, and returning to majestic, soaring guitar-led passages.

Arch Echo’s Joey Izzo and Richie Martinez, keyboards and drums, respectively, bring a near symphonic grandeur to several passages here, and deserve special mention.

The twinkling solo piano interlude brings this fine track, and fine album, to a close.

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Cast of Characters

Victor Lee: Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass (“Detour”, “Mayday”, “Strangely Familiar”), Vocals (“Strangely Familiar”)
Funtwo; Guest guitar solo on “Double Agent”
Andreas Sjøen (Umpfel): Drums (“Double Agent”, “Second Chance”, “Never Too Late”)
Nick Acker (Kaguu): Drums (“The Way Home”, “Detour”)
Richie Martinez (Arch Echo): Drums (“Strangely Familiar”)
Jake Steffes: Bass (“The Way Home”, “Never Too Late”)
Joel Schwallier (Kossuth): Bass (“Double Agent”)
Gwanghee Lee: Bass (“Second Chance”)
Joey Izzo (Arch Echo): Keyboards (“Strangely Familiar”) 

In sum, an impressive debut you must check out

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