Jonny Telafone casts himself as the tragic victim for his official debut album, 'Romeo Must Cry'. On the surface, this is a sad album drenched in tears. But, in light of the musician’s hat-swapping capabilities and eye-opening live shows, you suspect this is all a facade; an excuse to pull back his more extreme side and relish diving into some ‘80s electro ballads with a dash of goth-pop bleakness. There’s a mysterious, creepy element in the shadows of these sad songs, like he’s manipulating you to feel sorry for him with all of the ersatz elements at his disposal. You connect to him but it’s an uneasy alliance.
This is an eerily romantic plea into the gaping void of nothingness and it’s a weirdly inviting prospect to watch it all burn down with him.