Hello Me To You (2009 Album)
"Hello you to me and me to you and you to hopefully millions of others too!! Love it! Especially the cock-eyed instrumental run up and energy of chorus vocals! How to make a discordant out of tune guitar sound great!”
(Veteran U.K. Record Producer for Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Nik Kershaw, Edwin Starr)
“Hello Me To You, it’s great.”
EDWYN COLLINS – MARCH 2010
(U.K. Singer Songwriter who penned the international smash hit, A Girl Like You)
Australian multi-instrumentalist Victor Stranges has arrived. Take note, my fellow music lover, Stranges is going to have something say in the coming years. Like the humming of a well-worn turntable or the buzz from a magical amp, Stranges' songs feel familiar yet fresh, comforting yet ready to explode with new information. His melodic pop transmissions flow from the center of the galaxy, circle the planets and hover like shadows in the four corners of your mind. All of gentle, sweeping harmonies here are tender and accent each corner of every note. The immediate touchstone, hard to miss, is the horn-rimmed sophistication of Elvis Costello but he reminds me of Willy DeVille other areas but, yes, Costello is the elephant in Stranges' room and I find no fault as these songs sink deeper and deeper into each listen.
While some may be off-put with the Costello histrionics, you either are down with the program here or you are not. I am trusting fans of intensely high-crafted songs from an artist in command of his wits and talent will win you over as it has me. Wow, the talent Victor Stranges possesses is immense and I can`t wait for his next exploration. A Winner!
(Not Lame Recordings, U.S.A.)
“Australia has given the music world AC/DC, Icehouse, Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, and INXS amongst others. If there is any justice in the world, Victor Stranges will be amongst those great names in terms of recognition and accomplishment. Stranges’ 2009 album Hello Me To You is a piece of Pop/Rock near-perfection. There's very little here that Stranges doesn't do well; a striking accomplishment considering that the album is almost entirely written, produced, and performed by himself… there’s no doubt that Hello Me To You is one of the best examples of how enjoyable and well done Pop/Rock can be.”
(Review You, U.S.A.)
“The shovel that Victor holds on the cover of his album is the very one I think he used to dig up an absolute nugget of a tune with Hello Me To You, and boy did he tap into a wonderfully rich vein of instantly contagious garage/pop! If you're not singing the chorus after one spin...you may need the shovel to strike yourself a fatal blow!”
ROB STEWART –
(Music Director – GOVE FM - NT, AUSTRALIA)
Victor Stranges grew up in Melbourne in the ’80s, then a member of local punk outfit Drunk ‘N’ Disorderly who featured on many of Melbourne’s intoxicated, rowdy pub nights. One show alone featured 14 hospitalisations. He may be a lot older now, but Stranges does not seem like the kind of man to lose the love of music. In the last decade he’s released two solo LPs, the latest being Hello Me To You. Time has calmed his style somewhat, with this latest offering slower than his punk roots and featuring a more inventive rock sound that’s comparable to a cross between Okkervil River and Elvis Costello.
There is something distinctively Aussie about his album, although Stranges doesn’t have a voice like Farnsy or Barnsey. Strangely enough, he sounds more like he began as a lounge singer, pulled from a musical at a young age and indoctrinated into a punk lifestyle of hard guitars and dark clubs. His crooning on Memories is a microcosm of his style throughout the whole album. He drags the song’s name over several bars with melodic grace, once sounding nostalgic then bitter while guitars jag in and out and an old style organ wails Hold Steady style.
Hello You to Me is nicely polished, but it doesn’t have much of an anathematic quality to it. What it does have is plenty of humanity, some might even call it soul. Stranges and his backing band are all experienced musicians and lay down plenty of piano hooks and guitar solos to match Stranges’ life tales perfectly.
(Review - RIP IT UP MAGAZINE ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA)
Heading Back To You (2002 Album)
"The tracks have a sound that is quirky and full of vibe. The songs are designed with a sense of danger in that the melodies aren't so obvious and easy to follow (initially). That's part of the fun. I like the musical word puzzle created.
The cool thing is the music is very modern while avoiding the trappings of formula-driven writing recipes listeners have grown accustomed to. The concept achieves a balance of blending interesting challenging lines while working within the rock model - a cool mix."
TAXI USA - MAY 2008