"An album that's warm, engrossing and impressively original" - Uncut Magazine
"When the Beatles recorded Sgt Pepper they used a four track recorder and still decided A Day in the Life was doable; there’s a lot to be said for creativity through limitation. The Last Dinosaur take this idiom and run with it by creating one of most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year." - Mathew Parri Thomas
The Last Dinosaur is Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden.
This album was recorded on and off between December 2007 and March 2009.
No computers were used in the recording of this music.
All songs were recorded at home (Essex) on a multi-track recorder, usually late at night and often written as we recorded.
All songs were limited to 16-tracks, so to save tracks drums were recorded with two microphones (one in the bassdrum, one overhead) and a looping pedal was used in instances where harmonising parts were needed with a lack of tracks.
A lot of parts in these songs were first take improvisations (for instance, the guitar solo in The Record Player, all the piano in Gusts Of Wind.., the piano flourishes in Home and I Found My Voice, the viola in The Song Playing.., most of the sax parts throughout the album and more).
This music is by no means perfect. It's raw, unplanned, home recorded, music with background noise, off-notes, hiss and mistakes recorded by humans.
These songs were mastered by John Golden @ Golden Mastering (Sonic Youth, Rachel's, My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart etc)
See a video for each song on the album: vimeo.com/thelastdinosaur
released April 21, 2010
Jamie Cameron - Voice, piano, acoustic, electric, bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, saxophone, violin, glockenspiel, percussion, breathing, super-8.
Luke Hayden - Piano, acoustic, keyboards, percussion, breathing.
Jamie Slade - Sax (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9 & 11)
Rachel Lanskey - Viola (Tracks 2, 6, 10 & 12) & Violin (Track 8)
Jenny Hall - Vocals (Tracks 3, 10 & 11)
Ben Bennett - Vocals (Tracks 3 & 11)
Siobhan Cameron - Vocals (Track 3)
Alex Cameron - Shouts (Track 1)
Kirsty Cameron - Shouts (Track 1) & Sax (Track 11)
All lyrics J. Cameron
Beautiful front cover by Jesse Rene Garcia Reyes (myspace.com/papajesse