Forced witness 8/10
It’s never clear quite how straight to take Alex Cameron, who released his debut, Jumping The Shark, in character as a washed-up lounge singer and now claims to be a former legal investigator. Ignoring the relationship between tongue and cheek, Forced Witness is a lovely album of ’80s-ish pop, using synth and sax to find the space between Springsteen and the Bunnymen. “Strangers Kiss” is a sublime duet with Angel Olsen, the witty “True Lies” updates “Lola” for the internet age, while “Marlon Brando” even gets away with the extensive use of bongos.
Keigo Oyamada, aka Cornelius