The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
Lee & Willbee
By Jessica Lewis
Lee & Willbee are three friends ― Lee Chameleon, Markus Willbee and Patrick Roche ― who live in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Seattle, respectively. The namesake rhythm section hail from the now-defunct La Makita Soma. Chameleon’s quiet, ghostly vocal tones often lia flip the switch from raspy to smooth, which helps him weave in and out of the subtle, cascading, guitar-picked notes, feedback-based bass, quick paced drums and high octave piano. Their lyrics are notable as well, such as on “Little Palamino,” but it’s totally worth it to hear the passionate confession of “fornication cures a broken heart” in last song “Typhoid Mary.” (Lost in the Woods)