Alice Lee
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Alice Lee

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The best kept secret in music


...lush, hypnotic followup to her edgy debut... Fans of Portishead, Lida Husik, Massive Attack, Everything But the Girl and other downtempo, drum-and-bass oriented acts will love this... - Alan Young

Alice Lee's six song third EP, The Art of Forgetting, is so appealing... Lee's record combines elements of Bjork, Fiona Apple, and Sarah'll find yourself engrossed in the music. This record is a good showcase of Lee's talents overall though, and even holds a hint of where she could go in the future... she could go far with her music and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. -

Why do strong women songwriters typically get cast into Lillith Fair, grrl power, indie rock? Does it have no other place in the world and instead have to be merely generalized? Our opinion is no. Brooklynite Alice Lee brings the acoustic/electric hammer down on her eclectic six-song EP...She breaks the boundaries of the solo artist, combining electronic drum n' bass samples, ferocious guitar assaults and demure, soaring vocals. The result -- A fearless, unique artist ready to take on the world. - Rubbing Elbows with: Michelle Shocked, Lamb, Basia - Pork Tartare Magazine

A fine example of a solo artist with access to an acoustic guitar, laptop computer and lots of quiet time in which to experiment with her sound. The genre of the 14 songs available on her page run the gamut from folk to trip hop.

After some deliberation, I concluded Alice's experimental tone shared more similarities with Beth Orton's fluid style than Ani - especially when Alice's voice took on a emotionally distracted tone...Her roots are certainly deep in folk, but her willingness to explore other styles make her a more interesting artist. When I finally left the house, Alice was still stuck in my head. - Vanessa Moore

Wake up world, here's Alice Lee. This brief but exciting CD-EP, ...shines a light on a strong, proudly idiosyncratic singer-songwriter. Backed by a taut, jazzy trio, Lee frames her forceful vocals and urgent strumming in spare, atmospheric arrangements that leave ample room for emoting...revealing an experimental streak that augurs well for future outings. Hot stuff, well worth a listen. - Jim Santo

Alice Lee's vocals…dart about, going from breathy to furious, and points in between. -

Damn this is pretty. Alice writes it all, plus plays piano and guitar. Chances are, you'll dig her soulful, eclectic tunes as much as we did. - JANE Magazine

Lee's voice carries an innate spectre of danger and tragedy that suits her writing style perfectly. Distinct rhythm, distinct delivery, distinct style: lovely. - Joseph McCombs

Like a great cup of coffee with a shot of Bailey's in a dark, intimate club - It's hard to pinpoint Alice's unique musical style, but hopefully it's where modern rock is heading. - Performing Songwriter Magazine

We are still speechless about her great music. This is even beyond her last effort... Alice has come a long way... and she'll go even further still. Just you wait. - Mike Perazetti


2005 - TBA - Full-length
2003 - The Art of Forgetting (EP - Pansori Records/Carrot Top Dist.)
2001 - The Quicksand EP (The Orchard/CD Baby)
1999 - The Electra Complex Demos, vol. one (self-released)

Contributed tracks to:

2004 - Different for Girls: Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover Joe Jackson (Skipping Discs)
2004 - GIGAmerica's SXSW Sampler
2003 - Bridge to Music: Indie Sounds From Brooklyn's Underground (Harris Radio)
2002 - Maybelline/JANE Reader CD


Feeling a bit camera shy


Lee was born in Boston, MA, and trained early on in classical music by her pianist mother. Periods of sporadic nomadism landed her in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA for the bulk of her childhood and to San Francisco, New York, and Melbourne, Australia for her nascent adulthood.

She found herself living in DC, busking in Paris and Amsterdam and performing in Edinburgh and Ghent. A demo EP followed. Through the help of a couple of friends, the tracks were finished in Virginia and Europe in a couple of days of recording.

After moving to Brooklyn and playing solo gigs in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, she found like minds in bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants) and studio whiz Joel Hamilton (Shiner, Sparklehorse).

Her second release, The Quicksand EP featuring Matt Brubeck (Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits) and Maimone, skirts along the boundaries of what could loosely be called rock, encompassing bossa nova, bhangra funk, and electronic drum and bass.

Her third CD, The Art of Forgetting, takes her signature sound in a new direction, applying her intimate songs onto a canvas of electronic sounds coupled with live instrumentation. Recorded at Studio G Brooklyn, featuring Maimone and Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing, Roni Size), these tracks comprise her first collaboration with Hamilton. It has been picked up by Carrot Top Distribution and has been selected for use in MTV's The Real World.

Her distinctive vocal style and songwriting have seen increasing recognition and airplay internationally. She was a featured vocalist in the Brooklynites collective and had a long-running residency with them in Williamsburg. She has been featured in Jane Magazine's compilation CD and was a Semi-Finalist in "The American Music Awards® Presents The Coca-Cola New Music Award" 2002/2003 Competition.

She is currently completing work on a full-length CD.