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Album Of The Week: The Last Dinosaur – Wholeness

Posted on 07 Nov 2020 at 7:47am

Highlight of the albums reviewed on these pages during the past seven days is Wholeness, the third from James Cameron as The Last Dinosaur – here’s your chance to revisit the review and check out the album via Spotify:

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Album Review: The Last Dinosaur – Wholeness

Posted on 02 Nov 2020 at 8:08am

Slightly ahead of the curve when released in its exploration of the complex relationships between creativity, art and mental health, The Last Dinosaur’s 2017 album The Nothing was a labour of more than love for its creator Jamie Cameron, as he confronted the traumatic personal legacies of both a friend’s sudden death and his parents’ unhappy divorce.

What should however have been a cathartic unburdening proved merely to be a plateau; Cameron soldiered on, but laden still with masses of emotional backwash, beginning even to doubt the validity of his work despite the blanket praise it had received, and considering seriously a withdrawal from music completely.

At twenty-six-minutes long, Wholeness doesn’t signal much beyond a toe being dipped into the icy, sometimes hellish waters of a new decade, but working with his usual collaborators – Rachel Lanskey (viola), Luke Hayden (piano) and Lewis Daniel (woodwind and brass) – Cameron still shyly offers up fragments of what’s made his work so cherished in certain quarters.

The Lovely Eggs, The Last Dinosaur join Idles at Reading’s Are You Listening? event

Posted on 19 Mar 2018 at 9:07am

The Lovely Eggs and The Last Dinosaur are part of the final line-up announcement for this year’s Are You Listening? event in Reading.

UK tour dates coming up for The Last Dinosaur

Posted on 15 Feb 2018 at 12:49pm

The Last Dinosaur, AKA London songwriter Jamie Cameron, will play two UK dates this month and next.

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Live4ever’s Best Of 2017: The Albums

Posted on 20 Dec 2017 at 10:01am

Live4ever’s 2017 retrospective concludes today with the Albums, with the ‘warmth, joy and emotion’ of The Barr Brothers, Prisoner’s ‘raw earthy, almost live feel’, ‘one of Britain’s most articulate, dexterous bands’, Lotta Sea Lice – ‘an album made of a genuine friendship’, and much more included in this year’s rundown.

Season’s greetings to all our readers, and the very best for 2018!

Album Review: The Last Dinosaur – The Nothing

Posted on 07 Jul 2017 at 7:52am

It shouldn’t strike us as odd that some of the greatest musical ruminants on death – Cohen, Morrissey, Mark Everett – have at the same time been able to create wonderful songs of life affirmation.

The reasons for this are as diverse as the people themselves, but it’s apparent that this perversity sometimes comes from losing the indirect fear of the event itself, the writer pouring a giant slug of defiance imbibed neat over the rocks of self destruction.

Sometimes the prism refracts a different light. Jamie Cameron – singer with The Last Dinosaur, of whom he shares the name and performing responsibilities with ‘Friends and guests’ – had already had a collection of songs released in 2004 whilst only 16 under the moniker When I Was A Little Girl, but soon afterwards he was involved in a car accident which left him severely injured and claimed his best friend’s life. After physically recuperating, Cameron then began writing material based largely on his parents’ divorce, the resulting collection Hooray For Happiness released in 2010.

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