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The Nothing


Artist: The Last Dinosaur
Label: Naim Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 07 July 2017

The Last Dinosaur’s The Nothing is the brainchild of Londoner Jamie Cameron, it’s an album that addresses a tragic event from his teenage years, and transmutes that experience into a cathartic work of art. At 16, Cameron James Macdonald at music college and recorded the 2004 album Good Morning Sunshine… and Goodnight with him under the name When I Was a Little Girl. But a year later, Jamie was in a car crash that tragically claimed the life of his best friend. Cameron began recording with another music college friend, Luke Hayden, as The Last Dinosaur...

Despite it's sad and tragic inspiration, The Nothing is an uplifting, life-affirming album. While Its lyrics explore mortality, the gorgeous melodies are sweet and trippy and offer us all hope for a brighter future.

As morbidly sounding as the lyrics are, I have to admit that I really enjoyed the oddly upbeat 'We'll Great Death' as well as the following instrumental track 'The Body Collapse', more than any of the other tracks on this album. However, this is an album that works as a whole and the more times you play it the more times your "favourite" track changes.

There are atmospheric and beautifully trippy instrumental tracks like 'On Water' as well as beautiful acoustic songs like 'Atoms' and smooth, catchy mellow offerings like 'All My Faith'.

The album contains 11 tracks (40 min, 31 sec) and is currently the one album I'm playing the hell out of.


Nick Smithson

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