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Victor Delorenzo

by Victor Delorenzo

This album by Percussionist and founding member of Violent Femmes, invites the listener on a musical travelogue through the worlds of Drums, Percussion, Voices and Popular Song.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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1. Carry Me
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2. Old Soul Depression
1:07 $0.99
3. Moving Towards Something
1:24 $0.99
4. Before It Happens
0:29 $0.99
5. Dr. Um
3:43 $0.99
6. Being Straight Is
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7. Old Soul Depression 2a
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8. Peace
3:45 $0.99
9. I Remember When I Loved Her
2:40 $0.99
10. Bow
1:33 $0.99
11. Auction Man (Yer On the Air)
1:31 $0.99
12. Gonna Wanna
2:40 $0.99
13. A Quiet Walk
0:29 $0.99
14. Don't You Remember?
2:54 $0.99
15. Good Feeling
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Album Notes
If you have certain preconceptions about the kind of album drummers make, you would be wise to discard them when considering Victor DeLorenzo’s self-titled solo recording. As founding member of Violent Femmes, DeLorenzo has been anything but an ordinary or conventional percussionist since he was first heard in the vinyl grooves of the seminal folk-punk band’s debut in 1983. Among his many musical talents, DeLorenzo is an imaginative singer/songwriter with a flair for cryptic wordplay and groovy chaos. Using the studio as a sonic palette, he paints music in bold strokes that seriously bend the definitions of what is a song and what is an instrumental.

One of the most striking features of DeLorenzo’s songwriting is the spectrum of influences his musical stylings reveal. A choice cover of the Zombies “I Remember When I Loved Her” sounds like a track from an early Beatles album with its haunting, minor-chord acoustic guitar and percussion-driven melody. The crazed fun of “Auction Man (Yer on the Air)” sounds like a feverish Captain Beefheart spell, with a saxophone run amok as a ghostly, distorted radio voice is stretched like gauze over these musical contortions. “Bow” uses just drums and multi-tracked voices to create a totally fun groove that would fit right in on a Flaming Lips CD. DeLorenzo’s punkier side comes to the fore on the full-on rocker “Gonna Wanna” and Femmes bandmate Gordon Gano sings the trippy lead vocal on the darkly hypnotic and self-help book styled “Dr. Um.” And yes, there is plenty for drummers to dig here, too, like the freewheeling solo DeLorenzo plays on “Moving Toward Something.”

Malachi DeLorenzo (Victor’s son) is a frequent co-writer and musical collaborator in this project, which also includes other DeLorenzo kin as well as virtuoso instrumentalists Mike Hoffmann on guitar & bass, Stas Venglevski on accordion and Kim Manning (from the George Clinton funk ensemble) on keyboards and vocals. The blending of male and female voices on many of these songs is masterful, and the engineering talents and provocative production ideas give this record an audible glow that is a joyful mystery to get lost in. Like a good novel, Victor DeLorenzo’s sublime musical creation journeys you away from the predictable and mundane. All you have to do is come along, and listen. ~ Jim Ohlschmidt



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Doug seymour

Victor DeLorenzo's new solo album is brilliant!
I'm not one to normally write reviews, but I couldn't resist because this album has been on repeat since I bought it. From first listen, I instantly fell in love with this amazing piece of work. It's been a while since I've had this much fun listening to an album. DeLorenzo takes you on a musical journey, one that you want to take again by the end of the album. Have a listen for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed. My favorites change with each listen, but currently are "Remember When I Loved Her", "Bow", "Gonna Wanna", "Old Soul Depression" & "Dr. Um". I hope a follow up album is just around the corner!


A Drummer's Dream
Wow! Victor has created a sonic blast of percussive pleasure. While it's easy to get lost in the beat, there's so much more to explore here. Beautiful, haunting melodies weave a tapestry of soundscapes. Female voices embellish greatly throughout the record, as do violins, flutes, horns and even the occasional guitar. The proceedings evoke spirits of Bird, Coltrane, Waits and many more. But most of all, it's the spirit of DeLorenzo that carries the day. Victor has nothing to prove, but he continues to prove it. "Gonna Wanna" is a great addition to Victor's stable of hook laden rockers. "Carry Me" shows off his vocal prowess and sets the tone for this creative monster. "I Remember When I Loved Her" improves on the Zombies (not an easy task), and "Good Feeling" is just that. There's a lot to dig here, and I recommend you dig deeply.

Scott Johnson

Victor DeLorenzo's New Solo LP is Music That Travels
I enjoy the genre-jumping and entire arc of this album as a whole. It travels well -- taking the listener to new places with graceful timing and inventive arrangements. After contacting Victor about the process -- he explained this was created over the span of several years utilizing a multitude of recording equipment and tracking the LP in several different studios. One element of this project that is very interesting to me is how, in a way, it's a document of how recording technology has evolved which Victor DeLorenzo weaves seamlessly throughout the album, bringing with the technology/studio changes several engaging and fitting collaborations with musicians from diverse genres and with varied musical approaches. This album is not to be missed -- take a listen and let it take you away. The album works as a whole yet each track could easily stand alone which is an achievement in itself.