Alex Cameron announces Oxy Music, new album out March 11 via Secretly Canadian

January 21, 2022

LISTEN + WATCH ‘BEST LIFE’ OUT NOW

Photo by Jemima Kirke
PRAISE FOR ALEX CAMERON

“A fever dream of a record that is at once danceable and deeply confessional”
(Forced Witness) FBi Radio Feature Album

Cameron works the irony of our times into deft and hilarious social commentary
through the eyes of many swaggering yet discordant characters”
(Forced Witness) 2SER Feature Album

“The art-sleaze of Alex Cameron’s second album transcends its surface-level
smarm to become a biting piece of commentary. Thankfully, the songs
are as effortlessly catchy as they are eminently creepy”
Pitchfork

“Forced Witness is intimate, bold, and honest”
Earmilk

“Cameron continues to make the deplorable irresistible on LP two”
Rolling Stone AU (4 stars)

“On ‘Stranger’s Kiss’, Cameron’s duet with Angel Olsen, the ambition of
Alex Cameron expands from insular synthpop to a sweeping,
Springsteen-inspired ballad about a strange loneliness.”
The FADER

“A record of perky 80s jams”
Mikey Cahill, Herald Sun (4 stars)

“An album that broadens Cameron’s horizons as, not only a musician,
but as a showman”
The Line Of Best Fit

“Alex Cameron has perfected the fine art of telling dark,
sometimes sordid stories combined with oddly upbeat tunes”
The Music (4 stars)

Today, Alex Cameron announces Oxy Music, his new album out 11 March via Secretly Canadian, and shares its opening track ‘Best Life‘. Additionally, Cameron announces a spring North American tour, on sale this Friday, January 21st at 10am local time. LISTEN + WATCH ‘BEST LIFE’ HERE.

Cameron has always been a great storyteller, finding his way into the depths of the places where not many others are looking, and Oxy Music continues on that trajectory. It’s filled with stories of people who fall outside the system and exist in the grey areas of life. In its design – its music, lyrics and tracklist – lies the journey a person can take if the circumstances present themselves – down the road of heavy drug and alcohol abuse.

Initially inspired by Nico Walker’s CherryCameron was spurred into yet another commentary on American Life, this time about the opioid crisis that has taken over the country. Alex says about Oxy Music, “The album is a story, a work of fiction, mostly from the perspective of a man. Starved of meaningful purpose, confused about the state of the world, and in dire need of a reason to liveThis is one of those people. While Oxy Music could be dark, it’s instead brighter and more buoyant than much of Cameron’s previous work, a shift in the mood first seen across 2019’s Miami Memory. It’s told from a place of optimism and through the lens of Cameron, in the way that only he can tell it.

As with the previously released, ‘Sara Jo’, ‘Best Life’ gives a context of drug use to distort the confronting nature of contemporary reality as Cameron sings of the feelings of insecurity brought about by life online: “I guess I’m just winning / But I get no reaction My comments just don’t rank / Or my post tanks.” Directed by Jemima Kirke, produced by Jim Larson and starring Kirke and Cameron, the song’s video explores the idea of what it means to find one’s “best life” by accepting others’ imperfections – in this instance, a skin condition such as eczema – as loveable qualities.

WATCH: Alex Cameron – ‘Best Life’ (Official Video)

The Internet. Our great Totem of information dedicated to the Gods yet to visit from a future born out of 7.9 billion online versions of human history. A tower of love and hate, passion and terror, one million retweets of ten hundred thousand total fails. America’s funniest home videos. Our best, most dope memes crowned atop the statue – our greatest achievements, the shoulders that lift the grand dome of internet glory. The view from the top is gorgeous. A stunning likeness of the most like-able content.

And holding it up, the weight bearing colossus of whisper-solid data and hollow columns of caps locked opinions and giant pillars of twisted logic. Zero Likes. Zero Comments. Zero shares. Infinitely multiplied until too mountain-like to move. The greatest show on earth performed to an audience of nobody. 

“One per cent is what we see and what we follow drifting atop the cloud. It’s beautiful, what we’ve created. And the masses below sing into the chamber, echoes of their love songs clashing and rebounding off one another’s – the messages too distorted to discern. Received by nobody. But necessary for everybody.

Let’s face it, we’ll never make content good enough for the Gods above. Let’s leave that to the disciples. The rest of us can just stay out here, living our best lives.

An intercontinental effort, Oxy Music was produced by Cameron with additional help from Justin Nijssen and Lilah Larson, and mixed by Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos (with Daniel Trachtenberg also mixing “Best Life”). Throughout, he is joined by longtime collaborator and business partner, Roy Molloy (saxophone), Henri Lindström (drums, percussion), Justin Nijssen (bass, guitar, vocals), Lilah Larson (guitar, vocals), Jess Parsons (piano, keyboards, vocals),), Chris Pitsiokos (Saxophone), Lloyd Vines (vocals), Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson (vocals), and Jackie McLean (vocals). 

ALEX CAMERON
Oxy Music LP
March 11 via Secretly Canadian
PRE-SAVE / PRE-ORDER HERE

Best Life‘ is out now via Secretly Canadian, buy/stream, it here.

TRACKLIST
Best Life
Sara Jo
Prescription Refill
Hold The Line
Breakdown
K Hole
Dead Eyes
Cancel Culture (feat. Lloyd Vines)
Oxy Music (feat. Jason Williamson)

TOUR DATES (NEW IN BOLD)
Sat Mar 19 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli (Pandora)
Mon Mar 21 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
Tue Mar 22 – Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
Wed Mar 23 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
Thu Mar 24 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Sat Mar 26 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Club
Mon Mar 28 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
Tue Mar 29 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Thu Mar 31 – Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka 
Sat Apr 2 – Copenhagen, DK @ Studio 2
Sun Apr 3 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
Mon Apr 4 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
Tue Apr 5 – Oslo, NE @ Cosmopolite
Thu Apr 7 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Fri Apr 8 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Orangerie)
Sun Apr 10 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms 
Mon Apr 11 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Luke’s
Wed Apr 13 – Newcastle, UK @ NUSU
Thu Apr 14 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Sat Apr 16 – Baile Átha Cliath / Dublin, IE @ Grand Social – SOLD OUT
Sun Apr 17 – Baile Átha Cliath / Dublin, IE @ Grand Social
Tue Apr 19 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed Apr 20 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Fri Apr 22 – London, UK @ EartH
Thu Apr 28 – Tongva Land / Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
Sat Apr 30 – Erie, Kiikaapoa, Shawnee Land / Columbus, OH @ SoupFest 2022
Sat May 7 – shikaakwa / Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sun May 8 – myaamiaki, Lënape, Bodwéwadmik, saawanwa Land / Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Mon May 9 – Ojibwe, Ottawa, Potawatomi Land / Detroit, MI @ El Club
Thu May 12 – Tkaronto / Toronto, ON @ The Axis Club
Fri May 13 – Tiohtiá:ke / Montreal, QBC @ Ausgang Plaza
Sat May 14 – Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis Land / Burlington, VT @ Waking Windows
Sun May 15 – Quinnipiac Land / New Haven, CT @ Space Ballroom
Tue May 17 – Shawmut Land / Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed May 18 – Coaquannock / Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Thu May 19 – Coaquannock / Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri May 20 – Nacotchtank Land / Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sat May 21 – Lënape Land / New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Sun Jun 5 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera a la Ciutat (Razzmatazz 2)
Thu Jun 9 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

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