Back in 2011, singer-multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming was dealing in wine and song, in that order. Juggling a day job servicing oenophiles with his passion for songwriting, Fleming – working under the name Victory – released an EP called “Demonstrations” that demonstrated he knew his way around a pop song. This week, Fleming released his debut full-length “Victory Is Music,” – a smart, crisp 10-song excursion into mostly guitar rock that will appeal to fans of both Spoon and the Dandy Warhols. Though decidedly a bedroom pop effort, the album doesn’t much sound like it – it was mixed and mastered by Grammy-winning producer Chris Testa, and Fleming got assists from Ã¼ber-drummer Joey Waronker (on six songs) and keyboardist Andrew Lynch. There’s a lot of scratchy, soulful charm here as Fleming’s songs dart between the acoustic and the electric guitar and from drums to programmed beats. Raise a glass, it’s a triumph.
||| Download: “Woman”
||| Stream: “Bad Man”
||| Also: After the jump, check out Fleming’s self-made video for “Play It”: