Alex CameronWith Aoife Nessa Frances
- Sun May 08, 2022
- 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Alex Cameron with special guest Aoife Nessa Frances at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 8, 2022
Cameron’s new album Oxy Music began in the spring of 2020. With New York City locked down, Alex Cameron began a time of self-reflection, resulting in more self-awareness emerging on his most recent record. He’s reflected on his failures and on his good luck.
One could go wrong–and quite wrong–reading Cameron superficially. Beneath the pleasant levity of the music, behind the flawless work of his band–a band that can hang with any other band, living or dead–Cameron is deceptively complicated. There are multitudes of irony within him. And then at times he is in earnest. Other times he is ironic in earnest. Cameron is a paradox of paradoxes. Stylish paradoxes. Sincere paradoxes. Defiant paradoxes. It seems the only thing that he is not is the type of lyricist that hasn’t put the work in. He is a first-rate lyricist. A poet. Which is all to say, he will be misunderstood.
Oxy Music is a record that challenges. Not in the sense that it’s aspiring to be clever, nor in the sense that it aspires to be something comparably full-of-shit to clever. It is a thinking person’s record, however, in as much as it’s long on questions and short on answers (hence: plenty to think about).
Maybe there is hope in this, that despite the difficulties presented by the worst years of more or less everybody’s life, a record was made. And beyond that, it is a record that shines. And not to diminish what has been said here about Cameron’s worth as a singer and lyricist, in the interest of giving credit where credit is due, it’s Cameron’s good luck that he has behind him what is essentially a perfect set of musicians, who are up to the task of backing him up. And so you have Oxy Music.
Aoife Nessa Frances
On the eponymously titled final song of her debut album Land of No Junction, Irish singer-songwriter and musician Aoife Nessa Frances sings, “Take me to the land of no junction/Before it fades away/Where the roads can never cross/But go their own way.” It is this search that lies at the heart of her music, recalling journeys towards an ever shifting centre, where maps are constantly being rewritten. Pitchfork said of the album, “Her voice shines like a headlight in fog, luminous and ambiguous in equal measure.”
Aoife grew up swimming in the Irish Sea on the southern coast of Dublin, and the ocean’s shifting sense of loss and discovery is a constant presence in her songwriting. She started playing gigs when she was 15, accompanying her flamenco teacher to small venues in Dublin. She played bass in the Nina Hynes band and the Cian Nugent band, and wrote and played in the Dublin band Princess.
Aoife’s second album, Protector, will be out in 2022.
ALEX CAMERON WITH SPECIAL GUEST AOIFE NESSA FRANCES
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022
THE VOGUE THEATER
TICKETS AT THEVOGUE.COM
THIS SHOW IS GENERAL ADMISSION AND SEATING IS NOT PROVIDED. YOU MUST BE 21+ TO ENTER THE VENUE WITH A VALID FORM OF IDENTIFICATION. ALL TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE AND NON-REFUNDABLE. TWO FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION MAY BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.