Jonny Telephone, originally from Cranberra and now based in Melbourne, is an auteur working in a genre that could be best described as post-apocalyptic R&B. Romeo Must Cry is his first official album, after a series of digital and cassette releases stretching back to the late 2000s. This period culminated in Chapter Music's 2012 self-titled compilation (CH 098 CD), which took the form of a four-song 7" accompanied by a 20-track CD career overview. Romeo Must Cry is a new chapter for Jonny Telephone, and his most clearly articulated vision yet. The album presents a darkly sexual near future, both disturbing and alluring. The world could end at any minute, oblivion lurks around every corner, but there are still human connections to be made amidst a gleaming metropolis. Steamy, seductive first single "The Prayer" (featured on Pitchfork, Indie Shuffle, and Flavorwire) is contrasted against the bleak fatalism of "Inferno," the cyberpunk urgency of "Carry Me Far Away," and the disarming sweetness of "Strange World." It's an intensely personal vision, with only a handful of outside contributions. "Waking Up Crying" features a verse from rising LA rapper Bones, who included an earlier version of the track on his 2013 mixtape Paid Programming. The Ocean Party's Liam Hallowell plays guitar on the epic "Inferno," and Sam McCusker of noiseniks Orbits shreds on "Neuromancer." "The Prayer" was produced with Forces maverick Alex Akers, and title-track "Romeo Must Cry" (bookending the album with two distinct versions) was produced with Lachlan Thomas of Danger Beach and TV Colours. From start to finish, the album is a journey from innocence, love, and hope, through to steely-eyed despair. In Jonny's words, "Romeo Must Cry is a tragic pseudo-religious sci-fi epic that details the rise and fall of a lovesick hero slowly descending into madness and eventually death. Trapped in a futuristic nightmare, he loses his great love along with his mind, his life and his very soul... forever." LP includes download code.
Romeo Must Cry
Carry Me Far Away
Waking Up Crying (Featuring Bones)
Romeo Must Cry Forever
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